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Héctor Luis Acevedo (born in 1947) is a politician from Río Piedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico. He is the son of Héctor N. Acevedo and Toñita, both public servants. Acevedo is married to Carmen Roca Saavedra since 1972 with whom he has three children.

Héctor Luis Acevedo

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In office
January 2, 1989 – January 2, 1997
Preceded by Baltasar Corrada del Río
Succeeded by Sila Calderón

Born 1947
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Political party Partido Popular Democratico
Spouse(s) Carmen Roca Savedra
Profession Lawyer


Héctor Luis studied in the University of Puerto Rico Elementary School and High School, but completed High School in Spain in the America School of Madrid. There he won the Director's Cup and the medal in history. He completed a bachelor's degree in Political Science at the University of Puerto Rico with high honors. He obtained his degree in Law from the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras in 1972, where he also graduated with honors. Acevedo then entered the United States Army Reserve as a commissioned officer after completing the ROTC program. While in university he was elected president of the student council, president of the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity, and in 1967 president of the Order of the Arrow.

In 1976, he was appointed Electoral Commissioner when he was only twenty-eight years old, making him the youngest person to hold that position. He remained as Electoral Commissioner until 1984. In 1978, he completed the Lawyer's Education Program at the Harvard Law School. That same year he began working as an assistant to then Governor Rafael Hernández Colón.

In 1985 he was appointed Secretary of State. In 1988, he was elected Mayor of San Juan in a close race. He was reelected in 1992 by a much larger margin. In 1994, he was elected president of the Popular Democratic Party, and in 1996 he ran unsuccessfully for governor of Puerto Rico, losing by large margin to Pedro Rosselló. Since then he dedicates his time to teaching full time at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. He is also a part-time professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico School of Law. Considered Gov. Jesús T. Piñero's principal biographer, he is also contributing to the biography of former Puerto Rico Senate Vice President Luis Negrón López, the PDP's 1968 gubernatorial candidate.

He is a vice-president of the Boy Scouts of America Puerto Rican Council.

In 2003, he was appointed President of the Commission for Electoral Finance Reform. Acevedo is known to be an expert in Puerto Rican electoral law.

Currently he lives in Rio Piedras, where he occasionally plays midnight basketball with his youngest son.


Héctor Luis Acevedo has published various articles in law journals and newspapers. In 1996, he published his book Will Opens Paths ("La Voluntad Abre Caminos"), and in 1997 Messages from the Mayor's Office ("Mensajes Desde la Alcaldia"). He has edited two books: La Generacion del 40 y la Convencion Constituyente and Los Administradores en la Modernizacion de Puerto Rico. He is also the editor of the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico-sponsored biography on Gov. Jesús T. Piñero. He also edited the biography of Sen. Luis Negrón López, published by the Interamerican University Press in September, 2007.

His next book Cartas a mis Estudiantes (Letters to my students) will be published soon.



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