Sergio Peña Clos
|Sergio Peña Clos|
|Member of the Puerto Rico Senate
from the At-large district
|President pro tempore of the Senate of Puerto Rico|
|Preceded by||José Manuel Ramos Barroso|
|Succeeded by||Miguel Deynes Soto|
June 13, 1927 |
Humacao, Puerto Rico
|Political party||Popular Democratic Party (PPD)
New Progressive Party (PNP)
|Alma mater||Saint Louis University
University of Puerto Rico
|Profession||Politician, Senator, Attorney|
Early years and studies
Sergio Peña Clos was born on June 13, 1927 on Humacao, Puerto Rico to Dr. Sergio Peña Almodóvar and Maria Clos Ribót. He finished the eighth grade at the Ponce de León public school in his hometown, and graduated from high school from the Colegio San José in Río Piedras at the age of fourteen. With only 15 years, Peña Clos enrolled at the University of St. Louis in Missouri, where he studied for three years. He then returned to Puerto Rico and in 1951, he finished his Bachelor's degree in Social Science at the University of Puerto Rico. In 1955, he graduated as an attorney from the same university.
In 1960, while working at the Puerto Rico Bar Association, Peña Clos became interested in the case of Salvador Agron ("The Capeman") and Tony Hernández ("Umbrella Man"), two Puerto Rican gang members (aged 16 and 15 respectively) accused of murdering two innocent teenagers and sentenced to death row. Peña Clos appeared at the New York Court of Appeals as a friend of the court, analyzing the case. Peña Clos also met with Governor Nelson Rockefeller, and eventually Agrón's death sentence was eliminated, while Hernández' sentence was revoked.
In 1975, Peña Clos was named member and Vicepresident of the Civil Rights Commission of the Government of Puerto Rico. He remained in the commission until 1977.
First terms as Senator with the PPD: 1980-1996
Peña Clos began his political career in 1980 when he was elected to the Senate of Puerto Rico for the Popular Democratic Party (PPD). During that term, he was elected as President pro tempore of the Senate, under Miguel Hernández Agosto. Peña Clos was reelected in 1984 and continued to serve as President pro tempore until 1988. Peña Clos was again reelected in the elections of 1988 and 1992.
Senator with the PNP: 1996-2000
Peña Clos left the Popular Democratic Party (PPD) and joined the New Progressive Party (PNP) appearing in their ballot as Senator for the 1996 elections. He was reelected once again and presided the Commission of Government Ethics and the Special Commission on the Events of the Cerro Maravilla incident.
Independent senator and return to the PPD: 2000-2004
Peña Clos was again reelected in 2000 with the New Progressive Party. However, he left the party in the middle of his term and declared himself an independent senator. He finished the term returning to the Popular Democratic Party. He presented his candidacy under the PPD for the 2003 primaries, but lost.
Recent years: 2004-present
Peña Clos has continued working as an attorney. He also collaborates as a political commentator in television and radio shows.
José Manuel Ramos Barroso
|President pro tempore of the Senate of Puerto Rico
Miguel Deynes Soto
- Sergio Peña Clos analista de WKAQ on WKAQ 580
- Sergio Peña Clos analista de WKAQ AM on WKAQ 580
- Elecciones Generales de 1992: Senadores por Acumulación on CEEPUR
- Elecciones Generales de 1996: Senadores por Acumulación on CEEPUR
- Elecciones Generales de 2000: Escrutinio de Senadores on CEEPUR (December 19, 2000)
- Primarias 2003: Escrutinio General on CEEPUR
- "Políticos involucrados en casos de violencia doméstica". El Nuevo Día. February 23, 2012.
- Biografía Sergio Peña Clos on SenadoPR