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Claudia López Hernández
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2019–2022
Mayor of Bogotá
Assumed office
1 January 2020
Preceded by Enrique Peñalosa
Senator of Colombia
In office
20 July 2014 – 20 July 2018
Personal details
Born
Claudia Nayibe López Hernández

9 March 1970 (1970-03-09) (age 51)
Bogotá, Colombia
Spouse(s)
Angélica Lozano Correa (m. 2019)
Alma mater Universidad Externado, Columbia University, Northwestern University
Occupation Senator, political scientist

Claudia Nayibe López Hernández (born 9 March 1970) is a Colombian politician. She was a Senator of the Republic of Colombia and was the vice-presidential candidate in the 2018 presidential election for the Green Alliance party. In October 2019, she was elected mayor of Bogotá, the first woman and as well the first openly homosexual person to be elected to this position.

Biography

Claudia López Hernández, the daughter of Elías López Reyes and María del Carmen Hernández Ruiz, is the oldest of six siblings.

Education

She graduated in Finance, Government, and International Relations from the Universidad Externado de Colombia. She has a master's degree in Public Administration and Urban Politics from Columbia University in New York, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Career

López's appearance in public life is linked to the student movement of the Seventh Ballot [es], which between 1989 and 1990 was what gave impulse to the 1991 Constituent Assembly of Colombia.

She has been a consultant to the United Nations and has written for several media outlets in the country such as the Caracol Radio program Hora 20, the portal La Silla Vacía [es], the newspaper El Tiempo, and the magazine Semana.

As a researcher for the Arcoiris Corporation and the Electoral Observation Mission (Misión de Observación Electoral; MOE), López was recognized for her work on the atypical polls which were the starting point for uncovering the parapolitics scandal. Her critical views on the government of ex-president Álvaro Uribe and his political allies were equally contentious. Controversy was stirred by her public firing from El Tiempo in October 2009 due to an opinion column she published there which criticized the paper's coverage of certain news.

López was the Secretary of Social Action of Bogotá during the first mayoral term of Enrique Peñalosa.

Senator of the Republic

In 2014, Claudia López was elected to the Senate with 81,125 votes as a candidate for the Green Alliance party.

Presidential candidacy

On 27 December 2016, Senator López formally announced her intention to become president of Colombia in the 2018 elections, thus becoming the first pre-candidate of the Green Alliance party. Later, Antonio Navarro Wolff announced that he would also be presented as a pre-candidate. On 14 September 2017, the national congress of the Green Alliance was held to announce the results of a nationwide poll to elect the party's presidential candidate, with Claudia López winning.

Mayor of Bogota

On 27 October 2019, López was elected mayor of Bogota. She was then sworn in on 1 January 2020 and became the city's first female and also the first openly homosexual Mayor.

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