Alicia Kirchner

Alicia Kirchner
Governor of Santa Cruz
Assumed office
10 December 2015
Preceded by Daniel Román Peralta
Minister of Social Development of Argentina
In office
14 August 2006  9 December 2015
President Néstor Kirchner
Cristina Fernández de Kirchner
Preceded by Juan Carlos Nadalich
Succeeded by Carolina Stanley
In office
25 May 2003  10 December 2005
President Néstor Kirchner
Preceded by Daniel Sartor
Succeeded by Juan Carlos Nadalich
for Santa Cruz
In office
10 December 2005  14 August 2006
Personal details
Born (1946-07-18) 18 July 1946
Río Gallegos, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Nationality Argentina
Political party Justicialist Party
Front for Victory
Spouse(s) Elvio Macchia
Alma mater University of Buenos Aires
National University of General San Martín

Alicia Margarita Kirchner (born July 18, 1946) is an Argentine Justicialist Party politician. She is the elder sister of the late former President Néstor Kirchner and served in his government as Minister of Social Development, a role which she held under President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, her sister-in-law, until the end of her presidential term on December 9, 2015. On December 10, 2015, she was sworn in as the governor of the Province of Santa Cruz.


Kirchner worked as a teacher and social worker, holding a PhD in social work. From 1975 to 1983 she served as a sub-secretary of social action in her native Santa Cruz Province.[1][2] From 1987 to 1990 she was a minister in the municipality of Río Gallegos, leading on public health, education, culture, social action, recreation and sport. For a few months in 1990, and again between 1991 and 1995 she served as provincial minister for social affairs, under her brother who had been elected governor of Santa Cruz.

She resigned in 1995 to stand for Mayor of Río Gallegos but lost and worked in the Argentine Senate advising on education and family matters, returning to her ministerial position between 1997 and 2003.

In May 2003 Néstor Kirchner became President and appointed his sister to his cabinet in a similar position she had held under him at provincial level.

In December 2005, Kirchner was elected to the Argentine Senate as senator for Santa Cruz Province for the Front for Victory faction, replacing her sister-in-law Cristina Fernández de Kirchner who stood in Buenos Aires Province. From her senate seat in a few months she steered two important social development matters through the Senate and was widely seen as still holding great influence in the ministry. However in August 2006 she returned to her former position in the cabinet replacing Juan Carlos Nadalich, leaving her senate seat vacant during a leave of absence.

Kirchner was touted as a likely Front for Victory candidate to be governor of Santa Cruz in the 2007 elections, with fellow minister Julio de Vido as the other possible candidate mentioned. President Kirchner's re-appointment of his sister to his cabinet was seen in some quarters as an initial show of support for her as candidate. Ultimately, however, Kirchner remained a minister following the 2007 elections (and Daniel Peralta became governor of Santa Cruz).

In 2015, Kirchner ran as a FpV gubernatorial candidate again under the "Siempre Santa Cruz" slate with Pablo Gonzalez as running mate, winning the governorship with 51,797 votes, defeating the rival FpV slate "Santa Cruz Somos Todos" and other party candidates.[3] Former president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and her son Máximo Kirchner flew from Buenos Aires on December 10, 2015 to attend Alicia Kirchner's swearing-in ceremony.[4]

Alicia Kirchner also founded La Corriente de Liberación Nacional (KOLINA), a national political activist organization, on July 20, 2010.[5]

Governor of Santa Cruz


Chief of cabinet and ministers
Office Incumbent Period
General secretary of government Claudia Alejandra Martínez December 10, 2015
Minister of government Fernando Miguel Basanta December 10, 2015
Minister of economy and public works Juan Franco Donnini December 10, 2015
Minister of production Leonardo Darío Álvarez December 10, 2015
Minister of social welfare Marcela Paola Vessvessian December 10, 2015
Minister of health María Rocío García December 10, 2015
Provincial council of education Roberto Luis Borselli December 10, 2015
Office Incumbent Period
General accounting CPN Mónica Mabel Morandi December 10, 2015
General Treasury Elena Argentina González de Ramps December 10, 2015


  1. Alvarez, en el recinto pero con perfil bajo (Spanish)
  2. Operación J. J. (Spanish)
  3. "Escrutinio Provisorio Elecciones Generales 2015". Provincia de Santa Cruz. Gobierno de Santa Cruz. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  4. "Alicia Kirchner asumió la gobernación de Santa Cruz acompañada por Cristina y Máximo". La Nacion. Agencia Telam. 10 December 2015. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  5. "Que es KOLINA?". KOLINA. La Corriente de Liberacion Nacional. Retrieved 13 December 2015.

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