His Excellency Mr. Danilo Medina, President of the Dominican Republic
H. E. Danilo Medina Sánchez, President of the Dominican Republic was born on November 10, 1951 in Arroyo Cano a rural community in the southern Dominican province of San Juan. He is the oldest of eight children fathered by Juan Pablo Medina and Amelia Sanchez (deceased), small landowners in that district.
President Medina married in 1987 to psychologist Candida Montilla de Medina. They have built a beautiful family, also composed of three beloved daughters: Candy Sibely, Vanessa Daniela and Ana Paula, the youngest of the three.
His family environment, humble origins and great politicization that existed in his native San Juan, helped him to develop a keen social awareness and a commitment to deep change in the material conditions affecting his community and his own family.
From his early years as a student, his qualities as a receptive, dedicated and disciplined personality were reflected in his academic ability at PS "Francisco del Rosario Sanchez". These conditions allowed him to graduate from high school in Commercial Sciences, with the "Best Student" honor in the Liceo "Pedro Henríquez Ureña" in San Juan de la Maguana, obtaining the highest grades in his class.
He continued his career training at upper level studying Chemical Engineering at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD), and Economics at the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC), where he also graduated with honors (Magna Cum Laude) in 1984.
The political career of Danilo Medina started at the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD) in 1973, along with his fellow comrades of the Socialist Democratic University Front (FUSD), supporting Professor Juan Bosch and his project of founding the PLD (Partido de la Liberacion Dominicana).
Later, in 1974, he participated actively in the creation of the Student Liberation Front (FEL), the new organization promoting the political orientations of Professor Bosch, performing multiple functions in the body politic: Deputy Secretary of organization, member of the Central Committee and the Political Committee. These positions of leadership were the recognition of his dedication, hard work and ability.
Practical, strong and enthusiastic, President Danilo Medina is a great servant to the nation, leading a variety of State agencies. As such, he was elected Congressman in 1986, 1990 and 1994. Additionally he was elected spokesman of the Group of the Party of Liberation Dominicana (PLD) in the National Congress in 1990-1994, and chairman of the Committee on Social and Provisional Affairs at the Latin American Parliament (PARLATINO).
Both in his public and private life, President Medina is of austere character, firm on principles, and flexibility in the application of the methods, and therefore in the exercise of their public responsibilities. When he has been in leadership positions in the PLD, he has been contrary to exclusions, expressing solidarity and being auspicious to all colleagues, whom he has supported and promoted.
His political career continued rising, showing in all positions his integrity, his strong character and his ability to be helpful to others, virtues that have given him the sympathy of the whole society and the respect of great international leaders.
He did a commendable job as Campaign leader for the 1994 elections, the last in which participated professor Juan Bosch as a candidate for President of the Dominican Republic, and then for the 1996 elections with the victory of Dr. Leonel Fernandez Reyna and the PLD.
In 2000, the party’s base (PLD) chooses him as presidential candidate, and in the elections of 2004 he served as the Director of Strategy and Campaign Advisor of Dr. Leonel Fernández Reyna, President-elect for 2004-2008, playing a leading and instrumental role in these electoral victories.
On June 26, 2011, Danilo Medina was declared the winner of the primaries of the PLD. And on November 27, 2011 he announced that the then First Lady Margarita Cedeño de Fernandez would be his running mate as candidate for Vice President of the Dominican Republic.
Danilo Medina was elected Constitutional President of the Dominican Republic on May 20, 2012, receiving two million 323 thousand 463 votes, equivalent to 51.21% of the preference, assuming the first investiture of the nation on August 16, 2012 with the presence of more than 14 Presidents and chiefs of government as well as representatives from more than 70 countries
President Medina believes in a government that serves the people, offers equal opportunities for development and speaks truthfully, giving example of transparency and good governance, focused on values, ethics and honesty.