Germán Vargas Lleras

Germán Vargas Lleras

Born Feb 19, 1962

Germán Vargas Lleras is a Colombian lawyer and politician currently serving as the 2nd Minister of Housing, City and Territory of Colombia in the Administration of President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón, where he had previously served as the 9th Minister of the Interior and before that as the 5th Minister of the Interior and Justice.… Read More

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1962 Birth Germán was born on 19 February 1962 in Bogotá to Germán Vargas Espinosa and Clemencia Lleras de la Fuente. … Read More


1981 19 Years Old Germán Vargas Lleras began his political career while in college at 19 years of age in a successful campaign that got him elected as councilman of Boyacá, Cundinamarca in 1981 under the flags of the New Liberalism, a dissident political movement founded by the then young Senator Luis Carlos Galán. … Read More


1988 26 Years Old The experience he acquired during his tenure led him to run for city councilman of Bogotá in 1988.
1989 27 Years Old After the assassination of his political mentor in 1989, the New Liberalism began to crumble, and Vargas Lleras, who was then Private Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture, joined the ranks of the Colombian Liberal Party. … Read More


1994 32 Years Old 1 More Event
From 1994 to 2008, he served as Senator of Colombia having been elected for four consecutive terms.
1999 37 Years Old In 1999 Vargas Lleras became the visible head of the opposition in the Senate to the government of president Andrés Pastrana, mainly due to the ill-fated 1999–2002 FARC–Government peace process.


2002 40 Years Old 1 More Event
His staunch opposition to ongoing peace talks in midst of those circumstances, brought him nearer to Álvaro Uribe Vélez, a dissident liberal candidate for the presidential election of 2002 who was calling for the end of the Demilitarized Zone of San Vicente del Caguán.Vargas Lleras moved to support Uribe's candidacy, a decision that forced him to go against the Liberal party and its official candidate for the presidency Horacio Serpa.
Still recovering from his wounds, Vargas Lleras returned to the Senate's floor in 2003, consolidating himself as one of the leaders of President Uribe's Senate coalition.
2004 - 2005 2 More Events
2006 44 Years Old The 2006 elections consolidated Radical Change as a major political party by getting 15 Senators and 22 Congressmen elected. … Read More
2008 46 Years Old Beginning 2008 Vargas Lleras went on a temporary leave of absence from the Senate to pursue studies in Europe. … Read More
2009 47 Years Old Vargas Lleras launched his presidential bid on June 25, 2009. … Read More
2010 48 Years Old …  He served in the Administration of President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón from 2010 to 2013 as the 2nd Minister of Housing, City and Territory, as the 9th Minister of the Interior, and as the 5th Minister of the Interior and Justice.


2014 52 Years Old He was named running mate of current President Juan Manuel Santos for the presidential election of 2014 on February 24 and elected Vice President on June 15.
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