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Baltasar Corrada del Río (born April 10, 1935) is a former politician from Puerto Rico. He held various high political offices in the island, including President of the Puerto Rico Civil Rights Commission, Resident Commissioner (1977-1985), Mayor of the capital city of San Juanmarker (1985-1989), Puerto Rico's 15th Secretary of State (1993-1995) and Associate Justice to the Supreme Courtmarker (1995-2005). He was also the unsuccessful NPP candidate for Governor in the elections of 1988.


Corrada del Río graduated high school from Colegio Ponceño de Varones in 1952 and obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Social Studies in 1956 and his Law Degree from the University of Puerto Rico in 1959. Admitted to the Puerto Rico bar that year. He was a private lawyer from 1969 to 1975.

Political career

In 1976, after initially expressing an interest in becoming Mayor of San Juanmarker, Corrada del Río was elected Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico. During his tenure, (1977-1985) he advocated for the admission of Puerto Rico into the Union and helped found the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. Corrada served as Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico from 1985 to 1989.

In the elections of 1988, Corrada made an unsuccessful bid to become Governor of Puerto Rico. He was defeated by incumbent Governor Rafael Hernández Colón.

In January 1993, Pedro Rosselló became Governor and appointed Corrada to the post of Secretary of State. Later, in 1995, Rosselló appointed Corrada as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Puerto Ricomarker. He took the oath of office on July 15, 1995 after confirmation by unanimity at the Senate of Puerto Rico. During his tenure as Associate Justice, Corrada was among the moderate/conservative voices in the Court, usually adhering to strict interpretations of the Constitution while practicing a firm type of judicial restraint.

The Constitution of Puerto Rico mandates an obligatory retirement for the Justices of the Supreme Court at age 70. Corrada arrived at this age in April, 2005 and was forced to retire. Prior to his retirement, Corrada publicly asked for an amendment to the Constitution that would repeal the obligatory retirement age for the justices, saying that by obligating people to retire the constitution is discriminating by reason of age.

The court seat left vacant by Corrada is yet, as of 2007, vacant. Governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá has not nominated anyone for the position and Senate President Kenneth McClintock made it clear in his inaugural speech as Senate president in 2005 that only a well-qualified statehooder would muster the votes for Senate confirmation to Court seats previously held by statehooders in order to assure "balance" on the bench.

Corrada currently serves as "of counsel" to Puerto Rico's largest law firm, McConnell Valdés of which he had been a partner prior to holding elective office. Since his retirement from the Puerto Rico Supreme Court, he announced that he would abstain from political activity for one year, and on March 14, 2006 announced that within a month will begin attending New Progressive Party of Puerto Rico meetings, as former party president, to provide discrete advice. He also publicly disagreed with current party president Pedro Rossello by objecting to the recent expulsion of Senate President Kenneth McClintock and Vice President Orlando Parga from the party for refusing to turn over the Senate Presidency to Rossello.

Personal life

He is the brother of Álvaro Corrada del Rio, Roman Catholic Bishop of Tyler, Texasmarker. He is married to Beatriz Betances and has one daughter, Ana Isabel, three sons: Juan Carlos, Jose and Francisco; as well as several grandchildren: James Gregg, Michael Gregg, Alexis Marie,and Mayra.

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