Wanda Vázquez-Garced was sworn in as Governor of Puerto Rico on August 7, 2019, following the unprecedented summer of 2019 when Governor Ricardo Rosselló was forced to resign and the Puerto Rico Supreme Court deemed Acting Secretary of State Pedro Pierluisi’s attempt to become governor unconstitutional and mandated that he vacate the office. Prior to becoming governor, she served as Puerto Rico’s Attorney General from 2017 to 2019. A member of the National Republican Party and the local pro-statehood Puerto Rico New Progressive Party, Vázquez- Garced is only the second female governor in the history of the Island.
A native of Guaynabo, Governor Vázquez-Garced is a product of the Island’s public school system. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of Puerto Rico and a Juris Doctor from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico. Her 33 years in public service encompass more than two decades as a prosecutor in the Puerto Rico Department of Justice, where she processed cases in the areas of domestic violence, sexual crimes, and child abuse.
In 2011, she was appointed as the Women’s Advocate for the Government of Puerto Rico. In this capacity, she also served as the Island’s representative before the Women’s Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean of the United Nations Organization (UN), where she promoted the enactment of legislation that today protects and advances the struggle for women’s rights.
Her priorities as governor include stabilizing Puerto Rico’s finances, restoring the Island’s credibility, working closely with the Trump administration and Congress to continue the recovery and reconstruction efforts in the aftermath of the devastating hurricanes of 2017 and the still ongoing earthquakes of 2020, enforcing a zero-tolerance policy for government corruption, and advocating for full equality for the 3.2 million American citizens of Puerto Rico.
Governor Vázquez-Garced is married to Jorge Díaz-Reverón, a Superior Court Judge in Caguas, Puerto Rico. They have two daughters, Stephanie and Beatríz Díaz-Vázquez.