Alejandro Javier García Padilla was born in Coamo, Puerto Rico on August 3, 1971. His father, a WWII veteran, held various jobs throughout his life to support his family, including machinery operator, and retired as a general manager of a manufacturing company. Alejandro’s mother has been a dedicated homemaker who still lives in the same three bedroom home where she raised her six children during good times and tough times. Alejandro is married to Wilma Pastrana and is the proud father of two sons, Juan Pablo and Diego Alejandro, and a daughter, Ana Patricia.
After obtaining a bachelor’s degree and a law degree from universities in Puerto Rico, Alejandro worked as law clerk in the Court of Appeals, legislative aide, Director of the General Contractors and practiced law at a well-reputed firm, focusing on contracts and real estate. He was also a professor at the Inter-American University School of Law and was a panelist for an important political analysis program on local AM radio.
He went on to serve as Secretary of the Department of Consumer Affairs, where he championed the rights of ordinary Puerto Ricans. His work kept gas prices in check during critical periods of the Iraq War, with the Commonwealth having the lowest prices of any U.S. jurisdiction, despite international turmoil and the higher costs of bringing fuel to an island market.
In 2008, Alejandro was elected to the Commonwealth Legislature with the most votes of any senator from either party. During his time at the Capitol, he reached across the aisle to pass important bills providing scholarships for university students, economic development incentives, and pension benefits for the widows of police officers killed in the line of duty. A prolific body of bills, most of them stalled due to partisan bickering, would promote job creation, innovative solutions to Puerto Rico’s crime wave, and the defense of consumer rights.
In 2011, after announcing his intention to run for Governor of Puerto Rico, he was unanimously elected President of the Popular Democratic Party. During his tenure he has refocused the Party behind a message of hope and growth, has led an effective opposition and has united the leadership in rejecting a rigged status plebiscite pushed forward by the party in power.
On November 6, 2012, Alejandro García-Padilla was elected the tenth Governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
As Governor, Alejandro will dedicate himself to restoring safe streets for every family and to putting Puerto Ricans back to work, by promoting private investment and entrepreneurship. He’s driven by the very basic value that a Governor should stand by the people and fight for their rights and opportunities for growth.
Inaugural Address - January 2, 2013