from Misiones Province
10 December 2001 – 10 December 2005
|Provisional President of the Argentine Senate in exercise of the Executive Branch|
21 December 2001 – 23 December 2001
|Preceded by||Fernando de la Rúa (as President)|
|Succeeded by||Adolfo Rodríguez Saá (as President)|
from Misiones Province
10 December 1999 – 10 December 2001
|Governor of Misiones|
10 December 1991 – 10 December 1999
|Preceded by||Julio César Humada|
|Succeeded by||Carlos Rovira|
September 9, 1951 |
Federico Ramón Puerta (born September 9, 1951) is an Argentine Peronist politician who has served as a governor, senator and national deputy and effectively acted as President of Argentina during 2001.
Puerta was born in Apóstoles, Misiones Province. He attended the Universidad Católica Argentina in Buenos Aires and qualified as a civil engineer. However, he entered the family business of the cultivation of yerba maté, and became a successful businessman and millionaire.
Puerta was elected a national deputy for Misiones in 1987. In 1991 he was elected Governor of Misiones Province, re-elected in 1995 and served until 1999. He followed the neo-liberal economic model of President Carlos Menem, including privatising the provincial bank of which his own grandfather had been a founder.
In 1999 he was re-elected to the Chamber of Deputies and in 2001 he was elected to the Senate. In November of that year, he was elected provisory President of the Argentine Senate, constitutionally third in line to the nation's presidency.
Puerta served as the acting head of the executive branch of the country for two days on December 21 and December 22, 2001. He came to that position in his capacity as President Pro Tempore of the Senate and, as there was no Vice President, he was next in line to the nation's highest office when President Fernando de la Rúa resigned amid rioting. A week after giving up the presidency, Puerta resigned as leader of the Senate in order to avoid retaking the presidency, following a second institutional crisis.
Puerta stood to be Governor of Misiones in 2003, but lost to his successor, Carlos Rovira. He retired from the Senate in 2005. He ran for governor of Misiones again in 2007, and was defeated in the October election, coming in third place with 15% of the vote.
Puerta is unmarried and has two children.
|Provisory President of the Argentine Senate
Juan Carlos Maqueda