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Nancy Patricia Gutierrez


Nancy Patricia Gutierrez Castaneda is a Colombian lawyer and current Senator of Colombia who was also a Member of the Chamber of Representatives of Colombia, and served as both President of the Senate, and President of the Chamber.

Career

Gutierrez Castaneda, a lawyer from the Our Lady of the Rosary University, was the first elected in 1988 as Mayor of the Municipality of Agua de Dios, Cundinamarca, representing the political movement Colombia Always, a movement created within the Colombian Liberal Party. After finalizing her term in 1990 Gutierrez Castaneda was appointed Regional Director of the Colombian Institute of Family Welfare (ICBF) in 1991. She later returned to the political arena when she supported Leonor Serrano for the Governorship of Cundinamarca in 1994. When Serrano was elected she appointed Gutierrez Castaneda as Secretary of Environment in January 1995, and a year later as Secretary General.

Representative

In 1997, she resigned from Serrano's administration to postulate herself for the Chamber of Representatives of Colombia for the legislative elections of 1998.

After a long deliberation process following the corruption scandal that resulted in the resignation of the President of the Chamber of Representatives, Armando Pomarico, Gutierrez Castaneda was elected by the liberal majority coalition to finish Pomarico's term as President of the Chamber of the Representatives of Colombia, and became on March 30, 2000 the first woman to ever serve as President of the Chamber in the history of Colombia. Although her short presidency ended on July 20, 2000, she terminated the programs her predecessor was accused of, like foreign trips, gasoline allowances for the transportation of congress members, and the payroll discrepancies that so infuriated the public. In 2002 Gutierrez Castaneda was reelected for another term representing the Colombia Always movement supporting once again Leonor Serrano who ran for a seat in the Senate. In 2004 Colombia Always left the Liberal coalition and joined the ranks of the Radical Change.

As a Representative, she was a member of the First Constitutional Commission, the Special Commission on Territorial Division, the Commission on Peace, and the Special Commission on Modernization.

Senator

For the legislative elections of 2006 Gutierrez Castaneda was elected as Senator of Colombia in representation of Radical Change. Radical Change had made a pact with the coalition of supporters of President Alvaro Uribe, giving the party the chance to preside the Senate. After an election in Congress against senators Ruben Dario Quintero, Arturo Char, and Miguel Pinedo, Gutierrez Castaneda was elected President of the Senate of Colombia for the period that began on July 20, 2007.

Controversies

On April 18, 2008, the Supreme Court of Colombia ordered a preliminary investigation against Senator Gutierrez while she was President of Congress for her apparent relation to armed right rebel groups in the Colombian parapolitics scandal that shook the country, and led to the encarceration of various congressmen. The investigations connected Gutierrez with alias "El Pajaro", paramilitar y of Cundinamarca, from where she is from Gutierrez has denied the allegations and any relation with the rebels, citing her investigation as a plot against her.

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