Marisabel Rodríguez de Chávez

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Marisabel Rodríguez
First Lady of Venezuela
President Hugo Chávez
In role
2 February 1999 – 12 April 2002
Preceded by Alicia Pietri Montemayor
In role
14 April 2002 – 2003 (divorce)
Succeeded by Cilia Flores
Personal details
Born (1964-11-23) 23 November 1964 (age 52)
Barquisimeto, Lara, Venezuela
Nationality Venezuela
Political party PODEMOS
Spouse(s) Allessandro Lanaro Perez (Div.)
Hugo Chávez (Div.)
Felix Garcia (Div.)
Children Alfonzo Ramírez Rodríguez, Rosinés Chávez Rodríguez
Residence Barquisimeto
Profession Journalist
Religion Roman Catholicism

Marisabel Rodríguez Oropeza (born 23 November 1964) is a Venezuelan journalist, publicist and radio announcer. She is best known for having been the second wife of former Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez.[1]

Early life[edit]

Rodríguez was born in Barquisimeto.



In 1999, Rodríguez was elected a member of the 1999 Constituent Assembly of Venezuela, in the process which wrote the present Constitution of Venezuela. She was elected with the second highest margin in the elections. She was then elected president of the Constituent Social Rights Commission and president of the Fundación del Niño, a state-funded foundation that works helping and supporting children throughout the country.

For almost two decades, Marisabel has been working in the area of social communications, especially public relations and as editor of the social section of El Impulso, one of the most important journals in midwest Venezuela.

Television and radio[edit]

Rodríguez is an announcer and radio producer. She produced a magazine for children, "El Club de los Exploradores". She has anchored for television stations including Telecentro and Niños Cantores Televisión in her hometown of Barquisimeto. She has also produced the informative radio program "Líder en la Noticia".[2]

Personal life[edit]

Her first marriage was to Allessandro Lanaro Pérezone, with whom she had a son.

She married Hugo Chavez in 1997. They had one daughter together, Rosines.[3] In 2004 she and Chávez officially divorced, after 2 years of separation. In 2007, she publicly denounced the constitutional reforms proposed by Chávez.[4]

She divorced her third husband in 2009, Félix Lisandro García, a tennis instructor.

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
Alicia Pietri de Caldera
First Lady of Venezuela
Succeeded by
Cilia Flores