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Fmr. President of Senate (PDP) of Puerto Rico

Miguel Hernández Agosto is a Puerto Rico politician whose service in government has spanned several generations.

Finished his bachelor studies at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez. Then, went to the United States where he graduated for Michigan State University with a Masters degree and University of Michigan with a PHD. He finished his studies when he acquired his JD from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. He is a member of the Latino fraternity Phi Iota Alpha.

Hernández Agosto served as Secretary of the Puerto Rico Department of Agriculture in the 1960's under the governorships of Luis Muñoz Marín and Roberto Sánchez Vilella.

In the 1970's, he entered elective politics as a Senator at-large. In 1981 he became the Senate of Puerto Rico's ninth President, a position he held for 12 years. In 1993, after the Popular Democratic Party of Puerto Rico's defeat in the 1992 elections, he became the Senate Minority Leader of his party until 1996.

A Democrat at the national level, after winning a bruising reorganization primary campaign in 1988 against former Governor Carlos Romero Barceló, he became State Chair of the Democratic Party of Puerto Rico, a post he held until 1992.

Within his local party, after former Governor Rafael Hernández Colón's defeat in 1976, he became party president, a post he held until the former Governor decided to run for Governor in 1984.

Hernández Agosto is currently a part-time law professor at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico School of Law.

Preceded by
Luis A. Ferré
President of the Senate of Puerto Rico
Succeeded by
Roberto Rexach Benítez


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