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Paula Penacca

Paula Penacca
National Deputy
Assumed office
10 December 2019
ConstituencyCity of Buenos Aires
Legislator of the City of Buenos Aires
In office
12 December 2013 – 10 December 2019
Personal details
Born (1981-04-27) 27 April 1981 (age 42)
Zárate, Argentina
Political partyJusticialist Party
Other political
Front for Victory (2003–2017)
Unidad Porteña (2017–2019)
Frente de Todos (2019–present)
ProfessionPolitician, social activist

Paula Andrea Penacca (born 27 April 1981) is an Argentine politician and social activist, who is currently a member of the Argentine Chamber of Deputies elected in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires since 2019 for the Frente de Todos coalition. A member of the Justicialist Party and La Cámpora, Penacca previously served as a member of the Buenos Aires City Legislature from 2013 to 2019.

Early life

Penacca was born on 27 April 1981[1] in Zárate, Buenos Aires Province, though she has lived in the City of Buenos Aires since she was 5 years old. Her father was a sympathizer of the Radical Civic Union and of Raúl Alfonsín.[2] She has stated that the economic hardships her family faced during the 1990s inspired her to become politically active; she began her political involvement in public schools in the villas of Buenos Aires. Following the election of Néstor Kirchner as president of Argentina in 2003, Penacca became involved in La Cámpora.[3]

Later, she would be instrumental in the organization of La Cámpora in Villa 20, in the barrio of Lugano. She has also been active in Villa 31.[4]

Political career

In the 2011 general election, Penacca was the 6th candidate in the Front for Victory list to the Buenos Aires City Legislature.[5] Although the list received 14.02% of the vote and Penacca was not elected, she assumed office upon Alejandro Amor's resignation in 2013.[6] Penacca was re-elected in 2015, this time as the second candidate in the Front for Victory list.[7]

National Deputy

Penacca was the second candidate in the Buenos Aires City Frente de Todos list to the Argentine Chamber of Deputies in the 2019 general election, behind Fernando "Pino" Solanas; the list received 34.22% of the popular vote, and Penacca was elected.[8][9] She took office on 10 December 2019.[10]

Penacca was one of the 131 members of the Chamber of Deputies who voted in favor of the 2020 Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy bill, which later went on to be passed by the Senate and legalize abortion in Argentina.[11] During the debate, Penacca stated that "without [legal access to] abortion, there is no social justice".[12]

Penacca forms part of and presides the parliamentary commission on internal security. In 2021, she presented a bill to establish a protocol against institutional violence, backed by a number of human rights activists as well as the Security Ministry.[13][14]

Electoral history

Electoral history of Paula Penacca
Election Office List # District Votes Result Ref.
Total % P.
2011 City Legislator Front for Victory 6 City of Buenos Aires 247,140 14.07% 2nd[a] Not elected[b] [15]
2015 Front for Victory 2 City of Buenos Aires 380,806 20.76% 3rd[a] Elected [16]
2019 National Deputy Frente de Todos 2 City of Buenos Aires 641,054 35.02% 2nd[a] Elected [17]
2023 Union for the Homeland 1 City of Buenos Aires 577,225 31.41% 2nd[a] Elected [18]
  1. ^ a b c d Presented on an electoral list. The data shown represents the share of the vote the entire party/alliance received in that constituency.
  2. ^ Assumed office on 12 December 2013 following the resignation of Alejandro Amor.[5]


  1. ^ "PAULA PENACCA". HCDN (in Spanish). Retrieved 14 July 2021.
  2. ^ Silva, Alba (29 May 2014). "Paula Penacca: conciencia y pasión por el proyecto". Télam (in Spanish). Retrieved 14 July 2021.
  3. ^ "Paula Penacca". La Cámpora (in Spanish). 22 April 2011. Archived from the original on 21 May 2012. Retrieved 14 July 2021.
  4. ^ "La urbanización de las villas, una política social que cierra la grieta". Infobae (in Spanish). 29 July 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2021.
  5. ^ a b Bullrich, Lucrecia (6 July 2011). "Debajo de la sábana: perlitas de la lista de Filmus". La Nación (in Spanish). Retrieved 14 July 2021.
  6. ^ "Paula Penacca es Legisladora de la Ciudad". Buenos Aires Informa (in Spanish). 12 December 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2021.
  7. ^ "Elecciones porteñas 2015: las listas completas". El Cronista (in Spanish). 8 March 2015. Retrieved 14 July 2021.
  8. ^ "El Frente de Todos presentó las listas tras negociaciones de último momento". Télam (in Spanish). 23 June 2019. Retrieved 14 July 2021.
  9. ^ "Resultados elecciones 2019 en Ciudad de Buenos Aires: ganó Larreta". Página/12 (in Spanish). 27 October 2019. Retrieved 14 July 2021.
  10. ^ "Juraron los 12 nuevos diputados nacionales por la Ciudad". Diario Z (in Spanish). 4 December 2019. Retrieved 14 July 2021.
  11. ^ "Así votó cada diputado". Télam (in Spanish). 11 December 2020. Retrieved 14 July 2021.
  12. ^ "Aborto legal: el debate en Diputados minuto a minuto" (in Spanish). 10 December 2020. Retrieved 14 July 2021.
  13. ^ "Frederic se reunió con la diputada Paula Penacca". (in Spanish). 26 January 2021. Retrieved 14 July 2021.
  14. ^ "Representantes de Derechos Humanos respaldaron un proyecto contra la violencia institucional". Parlamentario (in Spanish). 21 April 2021. Retrieved 14 July 2021.
  15. ^ "Elecciones 2013". (in Spanish). Dirección Nacional Electoral. Retrieved 4 February 2023.
  16. ^ "Elecciones 2017" (PDF). (in Spanish). Tribunal Superior de Justicia de la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires. Retrieved 4 February 2023.
  17. ^ "Elecciones 2019". (in Spanish). Dirección Nacional Electoral. Retrieved 4 February 2023.
  18. ^ "Elecciones 2023". (in Spanish). Cámara Nacional Electoral. Retrieved 14 December 2023.
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