Jose Juan Bautista Pampuro is an Argentine politician. He is a member of the Justicialist Party, was formerly a Defense Minister and is currently a senator for Buenos Aires Province. He serves as the Senate provisional President and is second in line for the presidential succession.
Pampuro was born in Buenos Aires in 1949. He enrolled at the University of Buenos Aires and earned a Medical Degree. He entered public service in 1983, when he was named Public Health Secretary to the Mayor of Lanus, Manuel Quindimil. He was elected to the Lower House of Congress on the populist Justicialist Party ticket in 1987, and was named Minister of Health and Social Policy for Buenos Aires Province by newly-elected Governor Eduardo Duhalde in 1991.
He was named director of the Buenos Aires Provincial Office (each Argentine province maintains one in the nation's capital) in 1993, and remained in the post until being returned by voters to Congress in 1999. Eduardo Duhalde, appointed President of Argentina by Congress during a crisis in 2002, named Pampuro Chief of Staff, and on May 25, 2003, he was retained in government by President Nestor Kirchner, who named Pampuro his first Defense Minister.
Pampuro was elected to the Senate on the Front for Victory slate alongside Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner in the 2005 mid-term elections, in which the center-left Front for Victory did well; he was subsequently replaced as defense minister by Nilda Garre, the first woman to occupy the post in Argentina. On February 22, 2006, he was elected as provisional President of the Senate, putting him second in line to the presidency. He has held this post since then and was last confirmed on March 3, 2010.
Senado de la Nacion: Jose Pampuro
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