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Luis Di Giacomo

Luis Di Giacomo
National Deputy
Assumed office
10 December 2019
ConstituencyRío Negro
Minister of Government of Río Negro
In office
27 September 2012 – 10 December 2019
GovernorAlberto Weretilneck
Preceded byHugo Lastra
Succeeded byRodrigo Buteler
Provincial Legislator of Río Negro
In office
10 December 2003 – 10 December 2007
ConstituencyProvincial list
Personal details
Born (1954-04-29) 29 April 1954 (age 69)
Avellaneda, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
Political partyIntransigent Party (1988–1992)
Patagonian People's Movement (1992–2003)
Broad Front (2003–2015)
Together We Are Río Negro (2015–present)
Alma materUniversity of Buenos Aires

Luis Di Giacomo (born 29 April 1954) is an Argentine psychiatrist and politician, currently serving as a National Deputy elected in Río Negro. A member of the regionalist Together We Are Río Negro party, Di Giacomo was elected in 2019 and currently sits in (and presides) the Provincias Unidas inter-bloc.

Di Giacomo previously served as Minister of Government of Río Negro from 2012 to 2019, during the governorship of Alberto Weretilneck. Prior to that, he was a member of the Provincial Legislature of Río Negro from 2003 to 2007, and a member of the City Council of General Roca on numerous occasions.

Early life and career

Di Giacomo was born on 29 April 1954 in Avellaneda, in the Greater Buenos Aires, to Italian immigrant parents.[1][2] He studied medicine at the University of Buenos Aires, graduating in 1978, and specialized in psychiatry at the Provincial Public Health Council of Río Negro Province. Di Giacomo worked as a medical professional at the Centro Neurológico LEMNOS in General Roca, Río Negro, and at the Fundación Confluencia Patagónica para la Salud. In addition, he has taught postgraduate courses on cognitive therapies at the National University of La Plata.[2]

Di Giacomo has lived in General Roca since the 1980s.[3] He is married and has four children.[2]

Political career

Di Giacomo has been politically active since the last military dictatorship; his political activism began in the Intransigent Party (PI). He was elected president of the Río Negro chapter of the PI in 1988.[3] Later, in 1992, he became a founding member of the Patagonian People's Movement (MPP), and co-wrote the new party's official charter.[2] In 1995, Di Giacomo was elected to the General Roca City Council, serving in the position until 1999. In 2003, he was elected to the Provincial Legislature, as part of the Broad Front party list.[2][3] In 2007, he was re-elected to the City Council as part of the Front for Victory.[1] From 2011 to 2012, he was President of the General Roca City Council.[4]

In 2012, Governor Alberto Weretilneck appointed Di Giacomo as the new Minister of Government of the province, succeeding Hugo Lastra, who became Secretary General of Governance.[5] Di Giacomo remained in the position after the re-election of Weretilneck in 2015. That year, Di Giacomo became a co-founder of Juntos Somos Río Negro, (JSRN, "Together We Are Río Negro") a regionalist political party based on the electoral coalition that had led Weretilneck to re-election.[6]

National Deputy

In the 2019 legislative election, Di Giacomo ran in the JSRN list to the Chamber of Deputies in Río Negro as the first candidate.[7] The JSRN list was the second-most voted, with 32.05% of the vote, and Di Giacomo was the only candidate in the list to be elected.[8] He was sworn in on 4 December 2019.[9] As the only deputy from JSRN, he presided the single-member JSRN bloc in the Chamber during the 2019–2021 legislative term, and formed part of the "Unidad Federal" inter-bloc, presided by José Luis Ramón.[10]

As a national deputy, Di Giacomo presided the parliamentary commission on Addictions Prevention and Drug-trafficking control, and formed part of the commissions on Foreign Affairs, Small and Medium-sized Companies, and Regional Economies and Development.[2] He was also a supporter of the 2020 Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy bill, which legalized abortion in Argentina.[11]

Following the 2021 legislative election, the Unidad Federal inter-bloc was dissolved, and instead a new bloc, called "Provincias Unidas", was formed between members of regional parties not aligned with either the national government or the Juntos por el Cambio opposition. JSRN, which elected another deputy in the 2021 election, formed part of the bloc alongside Misiones' FRC and Neuquén's MPN. Di Giacomo was elected to be the five-member inter-bloc's president.[12]

References

  1. ^ a b Torrengo, Carlos (14 January 2008). "ENTREVISTA - LUIS DI GIACOMO, PSIQUIATRA Y DIRIGENTE POLÍTICO": Hay algo de inquietante en esto de decir qué es lo normal"". Diario Río Negro (in Spanish). Retrieved 2 September 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Luis Di Giacomo". Directorio Legislativo (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2 September 2021. Retrieved 1 September 2021.
  3. ^ a b c "Luis Di Giácomo". Diario Río Negro (in Spanish). 27 September 2012. Retrieved 2 September 2021.
  4. ^ "Proclamaron las autoridades electas de Roca". Diario Río Negro (in Spanish). 15 November 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2021.
  5. ^ "WERETILNECK CONFIRMÓ QUE DI GIÁCOMO ASUMIRÁ EN GOBIERNO Y LASTRA EN LA SECRETARÍA GENERAL". Gobierno de la Provincia de Río Negro (in Spanish). 21 September 2012. Retrieved 2 September 2021.
  6. ^ "Juntos Somos Río Negro se constituirá como partido". Diario Río Negro (in Spanish). 2 December 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2021.
  7. ^ "Candidatos 2019: todas las listas para las elecciones de octubre". La Nación (in Spanish). Retrieved 1 September 2021.
  8. ^ "Elecciones 2019: resultados finales en Río Negro". Diario Río Negro (in Spanish). 28 October 2019. Retrieved 1 September 2021.
  9. ^ "Juraron los 130 diputados electos en octubre, con siete representantes de la región". Diario Río Negro (in Spanish). 4 December 2019. Retrieved 1 September 2021.
  10. ^ "Unidad Federal pide cambios en el proyecto de restricciones". Cadena 3 (in Spanish). 13 May 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2021.
  11. ^ "Legalización del aborto: cómo votó cada diputado y cada bloque". Perfil (in Spanish). 11 December 2020. Retrieved 1 September 2021.
  12. ^ "Diego Sartori adelantó que se podrían sumar más diputados al interbloque "Provincias Unidas" que integra Misiones". Misiones Online (in Spanish). 7 December 2021. Retrieved 20 December 2021.
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