Marta Lucía Ramírez

Marta Lucía Ramírez Blanco
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12th Vice President of Colombia
Assumed office
7 August 2018
PresidentIván Duque Márquez
Preceded byÓscar Naranjo
Senator of Colombia
In office
20 July 2006 (2006-07-20) – 9 July 2009 (2009-07-09)
20th Minister of National Defence of Colombia
In office
7 August 2002 (2002-08-07) – 9 November 2003 (2003-11-09)
PresidentÁlvaro Uribe Vélez
Preceded byGustavo Bell Lemus
Succeeded byJorge Alberto Uribe Echavarría
21st Colombian Ambassador to France
In office
1 February 2002 (2002-02-01) – 25 July 2002 (2002-07-25)
PresidentAndrés Pastrana Arango
Preceded byJuan Camilo Restrepo Salazar
Succeeded byMiguel Gómez Martínez
6th Minister of Foreign Trade of Colombia
In office
7 August 1998 (1998-08-07) – 1 February 2002 (2002-02-01)
PresidentAndrés Pastrana Arango
Preceded byCarlos Ronderos Torres
Succeeded byÁngela María Orozco Gómez
1st Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade of Colombia
In office
14 November 1991 (1991-11-14) – 12 February 1993 (1993-02-12)
PresidentCésar Gaviria Trujillo
Succeeded byJuan José Echavarría Soto
Personal details
Born (1954-07-04) 4 July 1954 (age 64)
Zipaquirá, Colombia [1][2][3]
Political partyConservative
Other political
Party of the U (2006—2009)
Spouse(s)Álvaro Rincón (1984—present)
ChildrenMaría Alejandra Rincón Ramírez
Alma mater

Martha Lucía Ramírez Blanco[4] (born 4 July 1954) is a Colombian lawyer, politician, and the current Vice President of Colombia.

Elected Senator of Colombia in 2006, Ramírez introduced legislative initiatives to permit women to attain the rank of General in the Military Forces of Colombia, and to mandate English teaching in schools. Ramírez was Colombia’s first female Minister of National Defence, serving from 2002 to 2003 in the administration of President Álvaro Uribe Vélez, and the second woman in Latin America to hold this title. She has also served as the 6th Minister of Foreign Trade of Colombia, from 1998 to 2002.

In 2009 she resigned from the Senate to run as a candidate for the 2010 Conservative Party's presidential nomination, finishing third to the eventual Conservative nominee Noemí Sanín Posada. In 2014, she once again ran for the Conservative nomination, this time winning the nomination, but ultimately finishing third in the first round of the 2014 presidential election. Ramirez is also a member of Washington D.C. based think tank, The Inter-American Dialogue.[5]

In 2018, Ramírez became the first woman elected to serve as Vice President of Colombia, running on a ticket with Iván Duque Márquez.[6]

Personal life

Ramírez was born on 4 July 1954 in Bogotá, Colombia[7] to Álvaro Ramírez Suárez and Alba Blanco Venturoli, the eldest and only daughter of their four children.[7][8] In 1974 she married Álvaro Rincón, a Colombian architect; together they have one daughter, María Alejandra.[9] She is of Italian descent through her mother,[7] and thorough her father, she is related to Jesús Ramírez Suárez, her uncle, who served as Chamber Representative for Cundinamarca.[10]

A lawyer from the Pontifical Xavierian University, she holds a specialization degree in Legal Sciences and Socioeconomics, and postgraduate specialisations in Financial Law from the University of the Andes, and in Business Management from La Sabana's INALDE Business School.[11] In 1996 she received a fellowship from Harvard University's Center for International Affairs, focusing on the internationalisation of the Colombian economy in the context of the rise of regional blocks and economic and commercial integration.[12]