|Preceded by Freddy Bernal|
Name Jorge Rodriguez
|Preceded by Jose Vicente Rangel|
Succeeded by Ramon Carrizales
|Born November 9, 1965 (age 50)
Barquisimeto, Venezuela (1965-11-09) |
Political party United Socialist Party of Venezuela
Role Former Vice President of Venezuela
Education Central University of Venezuela
Party United Socialist Party of Venezuela
Previous office Vice President of Venezuela (2007–2008)
Parents Jorge Rodriguez, Delcy Gomez
Similar People Diosdado Cabello, Jacqueline Faria, Nicolas Maduro, Ernesto Villegas, Tibisay Lucena Ramirez
Jorge Rodriguez Gomez (born November 9, 1965) is a Venezuelan politician and psychiatrist who was Vice President of Venezuela from January 2007 to January 2008. He is currently the Mayor of the Libertador Municipality in Caracas.
He was born in Barquisimeto. His father was a leader in the Socialist League and was tortured to death by police in the 1970s. Prior to his appointment as Vice-President, Rodriguez had been the chief of Venezuela's National Electoral Council.
On January 3, 2007 President Hugo Chavez announced that Rodriguez would be the next Vice President, replacing Jose Vicente Rangel. He was sworn in on January 8, two days before Chavez's swearing in for his next term as president.
Rodriguez studied medicine at the Central University of Venezuela (UCV); he was the president of the Federation of University Centers in 1988. After graduating, he studied psychiatry at the UCV and community clinical psychology at the Andres Bello Catholic University.
He headed the government's campaign in favor of a group of constitutional amendments in the December 2007 referendum. Following the defeat of the referendum, Chavez announced on January 3, 2008 that he was replacing Rodriguez with Ramon Carrizales, previously the Minister of Housing. Chavez said that Rodriguez would concentrate on developing the new United Socialist Party of Venezuela.
In the November 2008 regional elections, Rodriguez was elected as Mayor of the Libertador District in Caracas.