Ángel Martínez Santiago

Angel Martínez Santiago
Member of the Puerto Rico Senate
from the Arecibo district
Assumed office
January 2, 2008
Preceded by Pedro Rossello
Personal details
Born (1964-02-17) February 17, 1964
Ciales, Puerto Rico
Political party New Progressive Party
Alma mater Puerto Rico Junior College
American University of Puerto Rico
Caribbean University
Profession Politician, Radiologic technologist

Angel "Chayanne" Martínez Santiago (born February 17, 1964 in Ciales, Puerto Rico) is a Puerto Rican politician and Senator. He has been a member of the Senate of Puerto Rico since 2008.

Early years and studies

Angel Martínez Santiago was born on February 17, 1964, in Ciales, Puerto Rico. His parents are María Santiago and Miguel Angel Martínez.

Martínez approved 60 credits en route to a Pre-medical degree in 1982. He graduated from Puerto Rico Junior College in 1986, certified as a radiologic technologist. In 2002, he obtained a Bachelor's degree in business administration from the American University of Puerto Rico, graduating Magna Cum Laude. In 2005, he finished his Master's degree in Human Resources from Caribbean University, graduating Summa Cum Laude.

Professional career

Martínez Santiago worked as a radiologic technologist full-time in Doctor's Center from 1990 to 1996, and part-time in Manatí Medical Center from 1987 to 2001. In 1997 he started working for the State Insurance Fund Corporation where he supervised the Department of Radiology. He worked there until December 2008, after being elected as Senator.

Political career

Martínez began his political career in his teens, becoming President of the PNP Youth in Ciales by 1986. In 2007, he presented his candidacy to the Senate of Puerto Rico for the District of Arecibo winning the 2008 PNP primary.[1] In the 2008 general elections, he won receiving the most votes in the District.[2]

After being sworn in on January 2, 2009, he was named President of the Commission of Health, and Vice-president of the Commissions of Economic Development and Planning, Sports and Recreation, and Natural Resources. He is also member of the Commissions of Treasury and Cooperativism.

In June 2009, outgoing Secretary of Health Jaime Rivera Dueño, claimed that Senator Martínez pressured him into naming people close to him to positions in the Department of Health in exchange for his confirmation. According to Rivera Dueño, Martínez' sister was among the ones the Senator asked him to hire.[3]

Santiago ran again for Senator in the 2012 general elections. He was one of the few senators from the New Progressive Party (PNP) to retain his seat, defeating the candidates of the other parties by a small margin.


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