Marisara Pont Marchese

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Marisara Pont Marchese served as the 20th Secretary of State of Puerto Rico,[1] as well as Acting Governor in the absence of Governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá and the only one whose recess term ended when denied legislative confirmation. She is a public relations consultant in Puerto Rico and has held several public and partisan offices over the years.

She was a member of the University of Puerto Rico's Board of Trustees, appointed in 2001.[2] In 2005, she served for 5 months as the third woman and 20th Secretary of State of Puerto Rico under a recess appointment by Governor Acevedo-Vilá.[3] However, after winning Senate confirmation under the presidency of Kenneth McClintock, who would subsequently serve as the 22nd Secretary of State of Puerto Rico,[4] her nomination was rejected by the House in May of that year. Under the Constitution of Puerto Rico, the Secretary of State is the only Cabinet member requiring confirmation by both houses of the Legislature,[5] by virtue of the fact that the Secretary exercises the role of lieutenant governor.[6]


  1. ^ "Puerto Rico's Gateway to the World", Ediciones Santillana, 2011, ISBN 978-1-60484-737-6, page 195
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-11-21. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
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  5. ^, Article IV, Section 5
  6. ^ Article IV, Sections 7 & 8