Margarita Cedeño de Fernández

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Margarita Cedeño de Fernández
Her Excellency Ms. Margarita Cedeño de Fernández, Vice-President of the Dominican Republic (8957848699)-edit.jpg
39th Vice President of the Dominican Republic
Assumed office
16 August 2012
President Danilo Medina
Preceded by Rafael Alburquerque
First Lady of the Dominican Republic
In role
16 August 2004 – 16 August 2012
President Leonel Fernández
Preceded by Rosa Gómez
Succeeded by Cándida Montilla
Personal details
Born Margarita María Cedeño Lizardo
(1965-05-01) May 1, 1965 (age 53)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Citizenship Dominican
Political party Dominican Liberation Party
Spouse(s) Leonel Fernández (m. 2003)[1]
  • Ramón Emil Fiorentino
  • Gabriela Angelissa Fiorentino
  • Yolanda América María Fernández
Mother Angela Margarita Lizardo Olivares
Father Luis Emilio Cedeño Matos (1925–2018)[2]
Alma mater Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (Ph.D.)
Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (M.A.)
University of Salamanca (M.A.)
Occupation Philanthropist, Politician
Profession Lawyer
Website Twitter : @margaritacdf

Margarita María Cedeño Lizardo,[note 1] widely known as Margarita Cedeño de Fernández, is the current Vice-President of the Dominican Republic. She is married to former President Leonel Fernández and during his tenure she was the First Lady.

Early and personal life[edit]

Cedeño was born on 1 May 1965 in Santo Domingo[3] to Luis Emilio Cedeño Matos and Angela Margarita Lizardo Olivares.[2][1] She worked with local law firms in the Dominican Republic, among which the law firm of Doctor Abel Rodríguez del Orbe and Fernández y Asociados, where she is an associate member.[3] During the years 1996-2000, she assisted as legal counselor to the President nominated as Sub-secretary of State.[4] Besides being ad honorem counselor and director of the Legal and Investment Environment Management of the Office for the Promotion of Foreign Investment of the Dominican Republic.

She has a Doctorate in Law from the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo and a Masters in Economic Legislation from the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra. She also has participated in courses and seminars at Georgetown and Harvard University in the United States and Geneva University in Switzerland.[3]

On 16 October 2009, Margarita Cedeño de Fernández was named Goodwill Ambassador of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).[5]

Political career[edit]

When she was the First Lady (2004-2012), she and her staff coordinate social policies for her husband's administration, generating programs of health and education for children, young people, single mothers and the family, in general, as a key element in society.

2012 Presidential Elections[edit]

On April 10, 2011 in a meeting of the Central Committee (Comité Central) of the Dominican Liberation Party, she registered her pre-candidature for the 2012 presidential elections.[6] She was elected Vice President to Danilo Medina on 20 May 2012. She became the second woman to serve as Vice-President after Milagros Ortiz Bosch was elected under former President Hipólito Mejía in 2000-2004.


  1. ^ This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Cedeño and the second or maternal family name is Lizardo.


  1. ^ a b "Margarita Cedeño Lizardo". Vicepresidencia de la República Dominicana (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 27 July 2014. Retrieved 20 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Muere padre de Vice presidenta Margarita Cedeño" (in Spanish). Santo Domingo Este, Dominican Republic: La Jornada de Santo Domingo. 3 July 2018. Retrieved 3 July 2018. 
  3. ^ a b c "Biografia". PUCMM. Archived from the original on 2012-03-20. Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  4. ^ "Margarita Cedeño, la popular primera dama que se convirtió en vicepresidenta". El Comercio. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. EFE. 2012-08-15. Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  5. ^ "Excma. Margarita Cedeño de Fernández - Embajadora Extraordinaria de la FAO". FAO. Archived from the original on 2010-11-15. Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  6. ^ "PLD aprueba 7 aspirantes para escoger su candidato el 26 de junio". El Nuevo Diario. 2011-04-10. Retrieved 2012-08-16. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Rafael Alburquerque
Vice President of the Dominican Republic
Succeeded by