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Gina Parody

'''Gina Maria Parody d'Echeona''' is a Colombian lawyer and politician. Current senator of Colombia in representation of the Partido Social de Unidad Nacional political party.

Early years

Parody studied law at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota obtaining also a specialization in conflict resolution. She also studied criminology at the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain and political theory at Columbia University in the United States.

Political career

Upon her return to Colombia, Parody worked as adviser to Maria Isabel Rueda between 1998 and 2000. She later joined the political campaign for the presidency of Alvaro Uribe in the presidential elections of 2002. Uribe suggested her to run as an independent candidate for the Chamber of Representatives of Colombia in representation of Bogota for the legislative elections of 2002. Parody achieved the second highest voting turnout in Bogota, only surpassed by Gustavo Petro.

Chamber of representatives

In congress, Parody was notable for her defense of the politics of President Uribe. She was elected President of the First Commission of the Chamber of Representatives.

Senator of Colombia 2006-2009

In the legislative elections of 2006 Parody decided to join the Social National Unity Party (U) and ran for a seat in the senate. Parody was elected and attempted to nominated herself as candidate for President of the Congress of Colombia and senate, but her party selected Dilian Francisca Toro. She was elected instead as President of the First Commission of the senate. Because of the disorder within the party, Parody organized a dissidence along senate colleagues Martha Lucia Ramirez and Armando Benedetti and chamber representative Nicolas Uribe.

In January 2009, Gina Parody announced that she was resigning her seat in the Colombian Congress. Parody's replacement is Marcos Cortes.

External links

Gina Parody official website

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