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Nancy Patricia Gutierrez Castañeda - Minister of Interior

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Nancy Patricia Gutiérrez Castañeda is the first woman in the history of the country to be a minister of the Interior.

She was born in Girardot, Cundinamarca and got a degree as a lawyer from the “Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Senora del Rosario” she is specialist in Administrative law from the same University.

She has an extensive experience as President of the House of Representatives and the Senate, where she worked in the years of 2000 and 2007, for this reasons President Iván Duque name her as head of the political portfolio and head of the legislative agenda of the country.

During her step by the Congress of the Republic procedure importants laws as childhood and adolescence; Benefits for elderly; the law that eliminates the criminal and subrogated benefits for sexual crimes committed in youngers; Justice and peace; the observatory on gender issues; law against trafficking people; Prohibition of alcohol consumption in youngers, and social protection to victims of kidnapping, among others.

It also promoted debates on political control over the decontamination of the Bogotá River, access to drinking water and electricity at fair rates; the productivity of the panela. And in terms of infrastructure, opposition to the merger of EEC and Condensa, and the defense of macro projects such as regional airports.

She was elected as the first mayor of popular election in the municipality of Agua de Dios (Cundinamarca) in 1988. In 1991 she held the Regional Office of the Colombian Family Welfare Institute in Cundinamarca. She served as Secretary of the Departmental Environment in 1995 and as Secretary General of the Government of Cundinamarca in 1996.

Before assuming the political portfolio, she served as president of the Association of Telecommunications Companies (ASOMOVIL), since 2014.

Her long political career led her to apply for her name as candidate for the governorship of Cundinamarca in October 2015, endorsed by the citizen movement “Firmes con Cundinamarca”, by the Centro Democratico and the Conservador Party.