José Luis Dalmau

Hon. José Luis Dalmau Santiago

22nd Vice President of the Senate of Puerto Rico
Assumed office
January 2, 2013
Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla
Preceded by Margarita Nolasco

Minority Speaker of the Senate of Puerto Rico
In office
January 2, 2005  December 31, 2012

Aníbal Acevedo Vilá

Luis Fortuño
Preceded by Kenneth McClintock
Succeeded by Larry Seilhamer

Majority Speaker of the Senate of Puerto Rico
In office
January 2, 2001  December 31, 2004
Preceded by José Enrique Meléndez
Succeeded by Jorge De Castro Font
Member of the Puerto Rico Senate
from the Humacao district
Assumed office
2001-2008; 2013
Preceded by

Luis Felipe Navas <b/r>

Carlos Dávila López
Member of the Senate of Puerto Rico from the At-Large District
In office
Personal details
Born (1966-09-19) September 19, 1966
Caguas, Puerto Rico
Political party Popular Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Margie R. Rosario Lugo
Children José Luis
José Juan
Alma mater University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras (B.A.)
Eugenio María de Hostos Law School in Mayagüez (J.D.)
Profession Politician, Attorney
Religion Roman Catholic

José Luis Dalmau Santiago (born September 19, 1966) is a Puerto Rican attorney, politician and Senator. He is the current Vice President on the Senate of Puerto Rico. It is lover of "musica jibara". Enjoy playing the accordion, an instrument that dominates fullness.

Early years and studies

José Luis Dalmau Santiago was born on September 19, 1966 in Caguas, Puerto Rico to José Luis Dalmau Rodríguez and Diana Iris Santiago Casanova. Dalmau Santiago is the oldest of three brothers, a female, Diana Dalmau Santiago and another man, Ulises José Dalmau Santiago. He finished his elementary and high school studies at the Notre Dame College in Caguas, graduating in 1984. He then completed his Bachelor's degree in Natural Science with a Major in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras. In 1997, he received his Juris Doctor from the Eugenio María de Hostos Law School in Mayagüez.

Political career

First years in politics

Dalmau began his political career since he was a teenager when he served as interim president of the Popular Youth in Caguas. After that, he worked for the campaigns of Mayors Angel O. Berríos and then Willie Miranda Marín, as well as the campaigns for the 1993 and 1994 referendums. He also served at the Electoral Colleges during various elections, 1988, 1992 and 1996, and serve at the Electoral College during various referendums, 1991, 1993 and 1994.

From 1991 to 1992, Dalmau served as Special Aide to Speaker of the House José Ronaldo Jarabo, and then as an aide to Representative Juan Corujo Collazo. He also worked as legal counsel to the Office of Legal Affairs of the Municipality of Caguas and former deputy director of "Campamento de Orgullo Criollo" that was developed for young school dropouts Caguas.

Senator: 2000-present

He was elected to the Senate of Puerto Rico on November 7, 2000 at the age of 34, representing the District of Humacao along with his running mate, Sixto Hernández. In 2001, he selected unanimously by his fellow senators to the Senate Majority Leader during his freshman term under the twelfth President of the Senate, Antonio Fas Alzamora. During that term, he also presided the Commission of Rules and Scheduling, as well as the Housing Commission and the Special Commission for the Legislative Reform.

On November 2, 2004 he was reelected to the Senate of Puerto Rico, representing the District of Humacao despite the Popular Democratic Party of Puerto Rico's defeat at the 2004 elections, and he was elected to the role of being the floor leader of the PPD delegation. While a minority in the Senate, his delegation represented the executive branch's interests in that legislative body, after PPD gubernatorial candidate Aníbal Acevedo Vilá narrowly beat former Governor Pedro Rosselló after a hotly contested post-election court challenge.

In 2006, Dalmau's running mate, Hernández, was nominated by Gov. Acevedo Vilá as an appeals judge. After being confirmed in the Senate, Hernández was replaced by Jorge Suárez Cáceres. Although both were defeated at the 2008 general elections, they gained seats as a result of the Minority Law in the Constitution of Puerto Rico.[1] At the end of his term in 2012, it becomes the third senator to get elected for 3 consecutive terms as a party spokesman in the Senate, equaling the record with Luis Negrón López and Gilberto Rivera Ortiz. In addition, it converts in the fourth senator to be elected Speaker for 12 years, it joins this list Ruben Berrios of the Puerto Rican Independence Party (PIP).

On November 6, 2012 he was elected to the Senate of Puerto Rico, representing again the District of Humacao, along with his running mate, Jorge Suárez Cáceres. In 2013, he became Vice President of the Senate of Puerto Rico during his fourth term under the fifteen President of the Senate, Eduardo Bhatia Gautier. During term, he presided the Commission of Health and Nutrition, as well as Special Commission to investigate the implementation of the “Programa Comprensivo de Desarrollo Profesional para Certificación y Re-Certificación por Materia de Enseñanza” (CRECE-21).

Personal life

José Luis Dalmau is married to Margie Rosario Lugo. They have two children together: José Luis and José Juan.

Several of Dalmau's relatives are also involved in politics. His cousin Juan Dalmau, is one of the leaders of the Puerto Rican Independence Party (PIP) and their candidate for Governor in 2008, and subsequently candidate to become Senator At-Large. Another cousin, Carlos Dalmau, was in charge of Acevedo Vilá's campaign. Another relative, Daly Dalmau, was married to former Mayor of Carolina, José Aponte de la Torre. After Aponte's death, he was succeeded by Dalmau's cousin, José Aponte Dalmau. In 2012, his other cousin and brother of the Mayor of Carolina, Javier Aponte Dalmau, is elected member of Puerto Rico House of Representative from 38th District, Carolina, Trujillo Alto and Canovanas. Also, Dalmau's brother, Ulises, competed in the 2008 PPD Primaries to become Representative At-Large, but failed to be elected. Currently and for the 2nd time, is candidate to Representative At-Large in the PPD Primaries.


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