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The floor of the Argentine Senate
Argentine Senate
Honorable Senado de la Nación Argentina
(Honorable Cámara de Senadores)
Type Upper House
President of the Senate Julio Cobos, Radical Civic Union
since 10 December 2007
Provisional President José Pampuro, PJ Front for Victory
since 2006
Majority Leader Miguel Ángel Pichetto, PJ Front for Victory
since 2006
Minority Leader Ernesto Sanz, Radical Civic Union
Members 72
Political groups PJ Front for Victory
Radical Civic Union
Support for an Egalitarian Republic
Civic Coalition
Plural Consensus
PJ Federalism and Freedom
Civic Front for Santiago
Civic and Social Front of Catamarca
Republican Force
San Luis Justicialists
Federal Santa Fe
Production and Labour
Justicialist for Dialogue with Argentines
Neuquino People's Movement
New Party
New Party Corrientes
Salta Renewal Party
Socialist Party
Last election 28 October 2007
Meeting place
Senate Chamber, Argentine Congress
Buenos Aires, Argentina

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The Argentine Senate is the upper house of parliament in Argentina. It has 72 senators: three for each province and three for the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires.

Senators are elected by direct election on a provincial basis, with the party with the most votes being awarded two of the province's senate seats and the second-place party receiving the third seat. Currently one-third of the members are elected every two years to a six-year term: in other words, one-third of the provinces hold senatorial elections every two years. There are no restrictions on repeated re-election.

Following the 1994 reform of the Argentine Constitution, the number of senators per province was raised from two to three, a change which took effect with the May 14, 1995, general elections.

The Senate is presided over by the Vice-President of the Republic, who has the casting vote in the event of ties.



According to Section 55 of the Argentine Constitution, candidates for the Argentine Senate must

  • be at least 30 years old
  • have been a citizen of Argentina for six years
  • be native to the province of his office, or have been a resident of that province for two years.


See List of current members of the Argentine Senate
Senate of Argentina
(as of December 2009) [1]
Party caucuses Seats
Front for Victory
Civic Coalition
Radical Civic Union
Justicialist Party
(anti-Kirchnerism alliance)
Civic Front for Santiago
Front for Everyone
Santa Fe Federal
Solidarity and Equality
Plural Consensus
Neuquén People's Movement
Production and Labour
Salta Renewal Party
72 members

Although there are, as of December 2009, 15 party caucuses in the Senate, these in reality function in a smaller number of alliances.[2][3]

Some of the provincial electoral fronts (such as the Civic Front for Santiago) and the Plural Consensus of dissident radicals support the majority Front for Victory block. There is speculation that the Plural Consensus block may grow if the other FPV-supporting senators join. The Socialist Party senator and the two existing ARI senators are expected to work closely with the new Civic Coalition senators, but they have not formed a single block. There are three sets of 'dissident' Peronists (Federalism and Freedom, Santa Fe Federal, and Chiche Duhalde's Argentine Dialogue) and various provincial parties, mainly on the right, who work with other blocks as the occasion arises. This has left the third largest caucus, the Radical Civic Union, rather isolated with its eight remaining senators.[3]

Leading senators

The Senate is presided over by the Vice-President of the country, currently Julio Cobos. Day to day leadership of the Senate is conducted by the 'Provisional President', who has been Front for Victory (FPV) Senator José Pampuro since 2006.

Other positions include:


2009 election

See also


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