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Marcelo Orrego

Marcelo Orrego
Governor of San Juan
Assumed office
10 December 2023
Vice GovernorFabián Martín
Preceded bySergio Uñac
National Deputy
In office
10 December 2019 – 10 December 2023
ConstituencySan Juan
Mayor of Santa Lucía
In office
10 December 2011 – 10 December 2019
Preceded byAníbal Fuentes
Succeeded byJuan José Orrego
Personal details
Born (1975-01-29) 29 January 1975 (age 49)
Santa Lucía, San Juan Province, Argentina
Political partyProduction and Labour
Other political
Juntos por el Cambio (2019–present)
Alma materNational University of Córdoba

Humberto Marcelo Orrego (born 29 January 1975) is an Argentine lawyer and politician, currently serving as Governor of San Juan since 2023. He previously served as National Deputy from 2019 to 2023, and as intendente (mayor) of his hometown, Santa Lucía, from 2011 to 2019. He is a member of the minor local Production and Labour party.

Early life and career

Orrego was born on 29 January 1975 in Santa Lucía, the head town of the homonymous Santa Lucía Department, in southern San Juan Province. He studied law at the National University of Córdoba, graduating in 2001.[1]

Political career

Orrego served as an aide at the parliamentary office of Roberto Basualdo during Basualdo's term as National Deputy from 2001 to 2005. In 2007, Orrego ran for the mayoralty of Santa Lucía, but lost to Aníbal Fuentes.[2] He ran again in 2011, this time winning against incumbent Fuentes.[3] He was re-elected in 2015.[4]

In the 2019 provincial election, Orrego ran for the governorship of San Juan Province, as the candidate of the Frente Con Vos and in alliance with Juntos por el Cambio. He received 32% of the vote, and lost to Sergio Uñac of the Justicialist Party, who received over 54% of the vote.[5] Just months later, in the 2019 legislative election, Orrego ran for a seat in the lower house of the National Congress, as the first candidate in the Juntos por el Cambio list. The list received 38.37% of the vote, and Orrego was elected.[6] He was succeeded in the Santa Lucía mayoralty by his brother, Juan José Orrego.[7]

As a national deputy, Orrego formed part of the parliamentary commissions on Mining, Constitutional Affairs, Commerce, Sports, Mercosur, and Foreign Affairs.[8] Orrego was an opponent of the legalization of abortion in Argentina, voting against the 2020 Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy bill, which passed the Chamber and later went on to legalize abortion nationwide.[9] He would later introduce a failed bill to repeal the Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy law.[10]

In 2021, he was subject to controversy when, during a parliamentary commission debate held through videoconference, he unwittingly turned his microphone on and was overheard insulting a legislative aide.[11][12]

In the 2023 San Juan provincial election, Orrego became the provincial governor by defeating the Union for the Homeland's gubernatorial candidates, ending 20 years of Peronist rule in San Juan.[13]


  1. ^ "Humberto Marcelo Orrego". Directorio Legislativo (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 1 August 2021. Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  2. ^ "ASUMIÓ ANÍBAL FUENTES EN SANTA LUCÍA". La Séptima (in Spanish). 12 August 2007. Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  3. ^ "Fuentes se comprometió a organizar la Fiesta de Santa Lucía con Marcelo Orrego". Diario de Cuyo (in Spanish). 4 November 2011. Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  4. ^ "Marcelo Orrego fue reelecto en Santa Lucía". Diario Urbano (in Spanish). 26 October 2015. Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  5. ^ Fara, Carlos (1 April 2019). "SAN JUAN, OTRA VEZ SIN NOVEDAD". Letra P (in Spanish). Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  6. ^ "Los diputados nacionales electos Gioja, Caselles y Orrego recibieron sus diplomas". Sí San Juan (in Spanish). 22 October 2019. Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  7. ^ "Uñac ganó las PASO y le da el tercer golpe del año a Macri". Letra P (in Spanish). 1 April 2019. Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  8. ^ "Humberto Marcelo Orrego | Comisiones". HCDN (in Spanish). Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  9. ^ "Orrego sobre el aborto: "Porque lo siento en mi corazón, voy a votar en contra"". Diario Huarpe (in Spanish). 10 December 2020. Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  10. ^ "Un diputado de Juntos por el Cambio presentó un proyecto para derogar el aborto legal". Página/12 (in Spanish). 15 January 2021. Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  11. ^ "Diputado de JxC insultó a su asesor en plena comisión". Ámbito (in Spanish). 29 April 2021. Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  12. ^ "Video: en plena reunión por Zoom, un diputado echó a un colaborador a los gritos: "Vos dejás de laburar conmigo, sos un pelotudo atómico"". Clarín (in Spanish). 29 April 2021. Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  13. ^ "Juntos por el Cambio ganó San Juan: La victoria de Marcelo Orrego pone fin a 20 años de peronismo". 2 July 2023.
Political offices Preceded bySergio Uñac Governor of San Juan 2023–present Incumbent
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