Beatriz Argimón facts for kids
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Argimón in 2019
|18th Vice President of Uruguay|
1 March 2020
|President||Luis Lacalle Pou|
|Preceded by||Lucía Topolansky|
|President of the National Party|
16 April 2018 – 9 March 2020
|Preceded by||Luis Alberto Héber|
|Succeeded by||Pablo Abdala|
|Representative of Uruguay|
15 February 2000 – 15 February 2010
Beatriz Argimón Cedeira
14 August 1961
|Political party||National Party|
Jorge Fernández Reyes
|Alma mater||University of the Republic|
Beatriz Argimón Cedeira (born 14 August 1961) is a Uruguayan politician and notary from the National Party (PN) serving as the 18th Vice President of Uruguay since March 1, 2020, being the first woman elected to that position.
Graduated from the University of the Republic in 1989 with a degree in notarization, she also studied human rights, family law, and juvenile law. She served as a National Representative for Montevideo Department between 2000 and 2010, and has been a member of the National Party Board since 2009. Since November 2020, she has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Inter-Parliamentary Union. She is an activist for women's rights, and was one of the founders of the "Network of Political Women" and of the "Bicameral Female Caucus" of the General Assembly.
Beatriz Argimón Cedeira was born in Montevideo, on August 14, 1961 to Juan Carlos Argimón, a civil servant, and María Esther Cedeira, a housewife. The oldest child in a Catholic family, she has a sister, Estela. She attended Primary School No. 8 "República de Haití" in Montevideo, and later the high school at the José Pedro Varela National School.
When Argimón was in high school, her father, who worked as manager of the fishing terminal of Industrias Loberas y Pesqueras del Estado, was dismissed by the civic-military dictatorship, but was reinstated in the position once the regime ended. In 1989 she graduated from the University of the Republic with the title of Notary Public, and practiced for ten years. She also studied human rights and the family. While she was studying, she began to work as an administrator in the National Administration of State Sanitary Works, a position to which she agreed after winning a public tender.
From 2008 to 2011 she served as a panelist on the Teledoce weekday program Esta boca es mía. In addition, from 2015 to 2017 was the president of the Josefa Oribe Study and Training Center. She currently hosts a cable program called Diseñarte, which aimed to promote nationally manufactured products.
Vice presidency (2020–present)
In the 2019 presidential primaries, Luis Lacalle Pou won by 53% of the votes, and named Argimón as his vice presidential running mate for the October general election.
Following the election of Lacalle Pou as President of Uruguay in the 2019 election, Argimón assumed office as vice president of the Uruguay on March 1, 2020. She is the Uruguay's first female vice president elected. On Saturday, November 30, in her first speech as vice president-elect, Argimón reaffirmed her commitment to the fight for gender equality. She was sworn in before the General Assembly on March 1, 2020.
Argimón married Jorge Fernández Reyes on 14 December 2009. She has two children from previous marriages, María Belén and Juan Santiago.
- In Spanish: Beatriz Argimón