Patricia Bullrich

Patricia Bullrich
Minister of Security of Argentina
Assumed office
10 December 2015
President Mauricio Macri
Preceded by María Cecilia Rodríguez
Minister of Social Security
In office
31 October 2001  15 November 2001
President Fernando de la Rúa
Succeeded by José Gabriel Dumón
Minister of Labor, Employment and Social Security
In office
6 October 2000  29 October 2001
President Fernando de la Rúa
Preceded by Alberto Flamarique
Succeeded by José Gabriel Dumón
Personal details
Born (1956-06-11) 11 June 1956
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Political party Justicialist Party (Before 1997)
Union for All (2003–
Other political
Civic Coalition
Alma mater University of Palermo

Patricia Bullrich (born 11 June 1956) is an Argentine politician. She leads the Union for All (UPT), which forms part of the Civic Coalition, and represents the City of Buenos Aires in the Argentine Chamber of Deputies.

Born in Buenos Aires, Bullrich graduated from the University of Palermo and as a young woman was involved with the Peronist Youth, very close to the Montoneros, terrorist arm of Peronism, getting the rank of second lieutenant in the late organization, closely related to Rodolfo Galimberti and Roberto Perdia, high-ranking leaders of Montoneros, and using the war nickname La Piba. After the return of democracy, she became Organisation Secretary of the Justicialist Party of Buenos Aires and was elected as a Peronist deputy in 1993.[1] In 1995 she was named the Legislator of the year.

Disillusioned with the Peronist cause, Bullrich left Congress in 1997 and set up the UPT, originally as a vehicle for studying and campaigning on the subject of crime and security.[2] She worked for the state government in Buenos Aires Province on security matters, developing a community policing project in Hurlingham which became well-known nationally and internationally.[1]

In 1999, the UPT became part of the Alliance for Work, Justice and Education which took Fernando de la Rúa to the Presidency and Bullrich was appointed to office in the Department of Criminal Policy and Penitentiary Matters. In 2001, she was made a cabinet minister, as Secretary of Labour, Employment and Human Resources, and later that year as Secretary of Social Security.[1] During the 2001 economic crisis, she led the plan to substantially reduce the pay of state employees and the level of state pensions.

Following the collapse of the Alliance government of De la Rúa, Bullrich and her colleagues formally launched UPT as a political party, on 6 March 2002.[2] The following year, the Party participated in the elections for Buenos Aires City, with Bullrich as the candidate for Head of Government for the Alianza Unión para Recrear Buenos Aires, working with the Recrear movement of Ricardo López Murphy. They came fourth with almost 10% of the vote.

In 2007, Bullrich led UPT into the Civic Coalition alongside various opposition groups and social movements, principally ARI led by Elisa Carrió. The Coalition won several seats in the upper and lower houses of Congress and Bullrich herself was elected as National Deputy for Buenos Aires. Her centrist politics and polemical history as a government minister, however, contributed to the disenchantment of a group of left-wing members of ARI who left the Civic Coalition.

Following the election of Mauricio Macri to the presidency on November 22, 2015, it was announced on November 25, 2015 that Bullrich has been nominated the Minister of Security of the Nation.[3]


  1. 1 2 3 CV, Argentine Chamber of Deputies. Accessed 11 April 2009.
  2. 1 2 Nuestra historia, Unión por Todos. Accessed 11 April 2009.
  3. "Marcos Peña anunció los ministros que integrarán el Gabinete de Macri". Telam. Télam SE Agencia Nacional de Noticias. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
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