List of Presidents of the Senate of Chile

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The President of the Senate of Chile is the highest authority of the Senate of Chile. The position comes after the Ministers of State in the line of succession of the President of Chile in the case of temporary incapacitation or vacancy (Constitution, Art. 29).

Functions[edit]

The President of the Senate receives no special treatment in the sessions of Senate. However, in the official communications the President holds the title of Excelencia ("Excellency"). He or she is elected, from the body of current Senators, by the members of the Senate, and forms the Mesa de la Corporación (Committee of Chambers [of the Congress]) with the Vice President.

The President's responsibilities include decreeing the summons to the Senate for its sessions, presiding over sessions and directing the debates on the Senate floor, acting as a representative of the Senate by defending its parliamentary jurisdiction and dignity, and presiding over the sessions of the Congreso Pleno (plenary meeting of both chambers).

Presidents of the Senate of Chile[edit]

President of the Senate Term
Pedro de Vivar y Ruiz de Azúa 1812–1814
José Antonio de Errázuriz y Madariaga 1814
Dissolution of the National Congress by the Chilean War of Independence 1814–1818
José Ignacio Cienfuegos Arteaga 1818–1822
Agustín Manuel de Eyzaguirre y Arechavala 1823
Juan Egaña Risco 1824
Juan de Dios Vial del Río 1828–1829
José María Vásquez de Novoa López de Artigas 1829
Dissolution of the National Congress by the Chilean Civil War of 1829 1829–1831
José Ignacio Cienfuegos Arteaga 1831–1834
Diego Antonio Elizondo Prado 1834–1837
Diego Antonio Barros Fernández 1837–1840
Gabriel José Tocornal Jiménez 1840–1843
José Miguel Yrarrázaval Alcalde 1843–1846
Diego José Benavente Bustamante 1846–1855
Francisco Antonio Pinto Díaz - died in office 1855–1861
Manuel José Cerda Campos 1861–1864
Rafael Larraín Moxo 1864–1867
Juan de Dios Correa de Saa y Martínez 1867–1870
Álvaro José Miguel Covarrubias Ortúzar 1870–1873
José Joaquín Pérez Mascayano 1873–1876
Álvaro José Miguel Covarrubias Ortúzar 1876–1882
Antonio Varas de la Barra 1882–1888
Domingo Santa María González - died in office 1888–1889
Adolfo Eastman Quiroga 1889–1891
Waldo Silva Algüe 1891–1894
Agustín Edwards Ross 1894–1897
Fernando Lazcano Echaurren 1897–1906
Juan Luis Sanfuentes Andonaegui 1906–1909
José Elías Balmaceda Fernández 1909–1912
Ricardo Matte Pérez 1912–1915
Eduardo Charme Fernández 1915–1918
Ismael Tocornal Tocornal 1918–1921
Luis Claro Solar 1921–1924
Eliodoro Yáñez Ponce de León 1924
Dissolution of the National Congress by the Government Junta of 1924 1924–1925
Enrique Oyarzún Mondaca 1925–1930
Pedro Opazo Letelier 1930–1932
Dissolution of the National Congress by the Socialist Republic of Chile 1932
Alberto Cabero Díaz 1932–1933
Ignacio Urrutia Manzano 1933–1934
Nicolás Marambio Montt 1934–1935
Ignacio Urrutia Manzano 1935–1936
José Maza Fernández 1936–1937
Miguel Cruchaga Tocornal 1937–1941
Florencio Durán Bernales 1941–1944
Pedro Opazo Letelier 1944
José Francisco Urrejola Menchaca 1944–1945
Arturo Alessandri Palma 1945–1949
Humberto Alvarez Suárez 1949
Arturo Alessandri Palma 1949–1950
Fernando Alessandri Rodríguez 1950–1958
Guillermo Pérez de Arce 1958
Hernán Videla Lira 1958–1962
Hugo Zepeda Barrios 1962–1965
Hermes Ahumada Pacheco - provisional 1965
Tomás Reyes Vicuña 1965–1966
Juan Luis Maurás Novella 1966
Tomás Reyes Vicuña 1966
Salvador Allende Gossens 1966–1969
Tomás Pablo Elorza 1969–1971
Patricio Aylwin Azócar 1971–1972
José Ignacio Palma Vicuña 1972–1973
Américo Acuña Rosas - provisional 1973
Eduardo Frei Montalva 1973
Dissolution and replacement by the Government Junta of 1973 1973–1990
Gabriel Valdés Subercaseaux 1990–1996
Sergio Diez Urzúa 1996–1998
Andrés Zaldívar Larraín 1998–2004
Hernán Larraín Fernández 2004–2005
Sergio Romero Pizarro 2005–2006
Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle 2006–2008
Adolfo Zaldívar Larraín 2008–2009
Jovino Novoa Vásquez 2009-2010
Jorge Pizarro Soto 2010-2011
Guido Girardi Lavín 2011-2012
Camilo Escalona Medina 2012-current

Additional information[edit]

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • República de Chile (1942). "VII. Nómina de ciudadanos que han formado los senados de Chile". Manual del Senado. 1810-1942 (in Spanish). Santiago de Chile: Imprenta Universitaria.  (Spanish)
  • Valencia Avaria, Luis (1986). Anales de la República: textos constitucionales de Chile y registro de los ciudadanos que han integrado los poderes ejecutivo y legislativo desde 1810 (in Spanish) (2ª edición ed.). Santiago de Chile: Editorial Andrés Bello.  (Spanish)