- Chamber of Deputies of Chile
Chamber of Deputies of Chile
Cámara de Diputados de la República de Chile
Type Type Lower House Leadership President Patricio Melero Abaroa, (UDI)
since March 15, 2011
First Vice-President Pedro Araya Guerrero, (PRI)
since March 15, 2011
Second Vice-President Mario Bertolino Rendic, (RN)
since March 15, 2011
Members 120 Political groups Concert of Parties for Democracy
Coalition for Change
Elections Last election December 13, 2009 Meeting place Chamber of Deputies
National Congress of Chile
The Chamber of Deputies of the Republic of Chile (Spanish: Cámara de Diputados) is the lower house of Chile's bicameral Congress. Its organisation and its powers and duties are defined in articles 42 to 59 of Chile's current constitution.
It comprises 120 deputies, who are elected to four-year terms, by direct universal suffrage, from 60 two-member electoral districts. Deputies must: be aged at least 21; not be disqualified from voting; have finished secondary school or its equivalent; and have lived in the corresponding electoral district for at least two years prior to the election.
Chile's congressional elections are governed by a unique binomial system that rewards coalition slates. Each coalition can run two candidates for each electoral district's two Chamber seats. Typically, the two largest coalitions in a district divide the seats, one each, among themselves. Only if the leading coalition ticket out-polls the second-place coalition by a margin of more than two-to-one does the winning coalition gain both seats.
The Chamber of Deputies meets in Chile's National Congress located in the port city of Valparaíso, some 120 km west of the capital, Santiago. The Congress building in Valparaíso replaced the old National Congress, located in downtown Santiago, in 1990.
Political composition (2010-2014)
Affiliation Members % Coalition for Change (coalition) 58 48.33 Independent Democrat Union 37 30.83 National Renewal 18 15.00 Independent 2 2.50 Concertación (coalition) 54 45.00 Christian Democrat Party 19 15.83 Party for Democracy 18 15.00 Socialist Party 11 9.17 Social Democrat Radical Party 5 4.17 Independent 1 0.83 Parties not in coalition 6 5.00 Communist Party 3 2.50 Regionalist Party of the Independent 3 2.50 Independent deputies 2 1.67 Total 120 100.00 Chile
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Current Chamber of Deputies Composition Color Key: = Coalition for Change = Concertación = Communist Party = PRI = Independent
Region District Deputy Party Arica and Parinacota 1 Ximena Valcarce Becerra RN Arica and Parinacota 1 Iván Paredes Fierro PS Tarapacá 2 Fulvio Rossi Ciocca PS Tarapacá 2 Marta Isasi Barbieri Ind.1 Antofagasta 3 Marcos Espinosa Monardes PRSD Antofagasta 3 Felipe Ward Edwards UDI Antofagasta 4 Pedro Araya Guerrero PRI2 Antofagasta 4 Manuel Rojas Molina UDI Atacama 5 René Aedo Ormeño RN Atacama 5 Antonio Leal Labrín
(President, March 11, 2006-March 20, 2007)
PPD Atacama 6 Jaime Mulet Martínez PRI3 Atacama 6 Alberto Robles Pantoja PRSD Coquimbo 7 Mario Bertolino Rendic RN Coquimbo 7 Marcelo Díaz Díaz
(First Vice-President, March 20, 2007-March 14, 2008)
PS Coquimbo 8 Francisco Encina Moriamez
(President, August 14, 2008-March 18, 2009)
PS Coquimbo 8 Patricio Walker Prieto
(President, March 20, 2007-March 14, 2008)
PDC Coquimbo 9 Adriana Muñoz d'Albora PPD Coquimbo 9 Renán Fuentealba Vildósola PDC Valparaíso 10 Alfonso Vargas Lyng
(First Vice-President, March 18, 2009–present)
RN Valparaíso 10 Marco Enríquez-Ominami Gumucio Ind.12 Valparaíso 11 Marcelo Forni Lobos UDI Valparaíso 11 Marco Antonio Núñez Lozano PPD Valparaíso 12 Amelia Herrera Silva RN Valparaíso 12 Marcelo Schilling Rodríguez4 PS Valparaíso 13 Joaquín Godoy Ibáñez RN Valparaíso 13 Laura Soto González PPD Valparaíso 14 Rodrigo González Torres PPD Valparaíso 14 Francisco Chahuán Chahuán RN Valparaíso 15 Edmundo Eluchans Urenda UDI Valparaíso 15 Samuel Venegas Rubio PRSD Santiago 16 Patricio Melero Abaroa UDI Santiago 16 Gabriel Silber Romo PDC Santiago 17 María Antonieta Saa Díaz PPD Santiago 17 Karla Rubilar Barahona RN Santiago 18 Guido Girardi Briere PPD Santiago 18 Carlos Olivares Zepeda PRI3 Santiago 19 Patricio Hales Dib PPD Santiago 19 Claudia Nogueira Fernández UDI Santiago 20 Roberto Sepúlveda Hermosilla RN Santiago 20 Álvaro Escobar Rufatt Ind.5 Santiago 21 Jorge Burgos Varela
(First Vice-President, March 11, 2006-March 20, 2007)
PDC Santiago 21 Marcela Cubillos Sigall UDI Santiago 22 Alberto Cardemil Herrera RN6 Santiago 22 Felipe Harboe Bascuñán7 PPD Santiago 23 Cristián Monckeberg Bruner RN Santiago 23 Julio Dittborn Cordua UDI Santiago 24 María Angélica Cristi Marfil UDI Santiago 24 Enrique Accorsi Opazo PPD Santiago 25 Felipe Salaberry Soto UDI Santiago 25 Ximena Vidal Lázaro PPD Santiago 26 Carlos Montes Cisternas PS Santiago 26 Gonzalo Duarte Leiva PDC Santiago 27 Iván Moreira Barros UDI Santiago 27 Tucapel Jiménez Fuentes Ind.8 Santiago 28 Jorge Insunza Gregorio de las Heras PPD Santiago 28 Darío Paya Mira UDI Santiago 29 Isabel Allende Bussi PS Santiago 29 Maximiano Errázuriz Eguiguren Ind.13 Santiago 30 Ramón Farías Ponce PPD Santiago 30 José Antonio Kast Rist UDI Region District Deputy Party Santiago 31 Gonzalo Uriarte Herrera UDI Santiago 31 Denise Pascal Allende PS O'Higgins 32 Alejandro García-Huidobro Sanfuentes UDI O'Higgins 32 Esteban Valenzuela Van Treek Ind.9 O'Higgins 33 Alejandro Sule Fernández PRSD O'Higgins 33 Eugenio Bauer Jouanne UDI O'Higgins 34 Juan Masferrer Pellizzari UDI O'Higgins 34 Alejandra Sepúlveda Orbenes PRI2 O'Higgins 35 Juan Carlos Latorre Carmona PDC O'Higgins 35 Ramón Barros Montero UDI Maule 36 Roberto León Ramírez PDC Maule 36 Sergio Correa de la Cerda UDI Maule 37 Germán Verdugo Soto RN Maule 37 Sergio Aguiló Melo PS Maule 38 Lily Pérez San Martín10 RN Maule 38 Pablo Lorenizini Basso PDC Maule 39 Osvaldo Palma Flores RN Maule 39 Jorge Tarud Daccarett PPD Maule 40 Ignacio Urrutia Bonilla UDI Maule 40 Guillermo Ceroni Fuentes
(First Vice-President, March 14, 2008-March 18, 2009)
PPD Biobío 41 Carlos Abel Jarpa Wevar PRSD Biobío 41 Rosauro Martínez Labbe RN Biobío 42 Nicolás Monckeberg Díaz RN Biobío 42 Jorge Sabag Villalobos PDC Biobío 43 Raúl Sunico Galdames
(Second Vice-President, March 18, 2009–present)
PS Biobío 43 Jorge Ulloa Aguillón
(Second Vice-President, March 14, 2008-March 18, 2009)
UDI Biobío 44 José Miguel Ortiz Novoa PDC Biobío 44 Andrés Egaña Respaldiza UDI Biobío 45 Sergio Bobadilla Muñoz UDI Biobío 45 Clemira Pacheco Rivas PS Biobío 46 Manuel Monsalve Benavides PS Biobío 46 Iván Norambuena Farías UDI Biobío 47 Juan Lobos Krause UDI Biobío 47 José Pérez Arriagada
(Second Vice-President, March 11, 2006-March 20, 2007)
PRSD Araucanía 48 Gonzalo Arenas Hödar UDI Araucanía 48 Mario Venegas Cárdenas PDC Araucanía 49 Jaime Quintana Leal PPD Araucanía 49 Enrique Estay Peñaloza UDI Araucanía 50 Germán Becker Alvear RN Araucanía 50 Eduardo Saffirio Suárez PDC Araucanía 51 Eugenio Tuma Zedan PPD Araucanía 51 Eduardo Díaz del Río PRI11 Araucanía 52 Fernando Meza Moncada
(Second Vice-President, March 20, 2007-March 14, 2008)
PRSD Araucanía 52 René Manuel García García RN Los Ríos 53 Roberto Delmastro Naso RN Los Ríos 53 Alfonso de Urresti Longton PS Los Ríos 54 Gastón Von Mühlenbrock Zamora UDI Los Ríos 54 Enrique Jaramillo Becker PPD Los Lagos 55 Sergio Ojeda Uribe PDC Los Lagos 55 Javier Hernández Hernández UDI Los Lagos 56 Fidel Espinoza Sandoval PS Los Lagos 56 Carlos Recondo Lavanderos UDI Los Lagos 57 Marisol Turres Figueroa UDI Los Lagos 57 Patricio Vallespín López PDC Los Lagos 58 Claudio Alvarado Andrade UDI Los Lagos 58 Gabriel Ascencio Mansilla PDC Aisén 59 Pablo Galilea Carrillo RN Aisén 59 René Alinco Bustos PPD Magallanes 60 Carolina Goic Boroevic PDC Magallanes 60 Rodrigo Álvarez Zenteno
(President, March 18, 2009–present)
- ^ Elected as PAR member. She became a PRI member in July 2006, after the fusion of the PAR and ANI parties. She quit the PRI in July 2007.
- ^ Elected as PDC, but quit the party in January 2008. Joined the PRI in or prior to July 2009.
- ^ Elected as PDC, but quit the party in January 2008. Joined the PRI later that year.
- ^ Selected by his party as successor to Juan Bustos Ramírez, who died during his term.
- ^ Elected as PPD, but quit the party in August 2006.
- ^ Elected as Alliance for Chile independent after he quit RN over differences with then presidential candidate Sebastián Piñera. He returned to the party in November 2008.
- ^ Selected by his party to replace Carolina Tohá Morales, who accepted a position as minister in the executive on March 12, 2009. He was sworn in on March 19, 2009.
- ^ Elected as Concertación independent.
- ^ Elected as PPD, but quit the party in January 2007 and joined ChileFirst. In March 2009 he quit ChileFirst, after the party leadership said it was leaning towards supporting Sebastián Piñera as candidate for President.
- ^ Selected by her party to replace the late Pedro Pablo Álvarez-Salamanca Büchi. She was sworn in on October 2, 2008.
- ^ Elected as Concertación independent. Then joined the DC, but quit the party in January 2008. Joined the PRI later that year.
- ^ Elected as PS, but quit the party in June 2009 to run for President as independent.
- ^ Elected as RN, but quit the party in June 2009 amid corruption charges.
- List of Presidents of the Chamber of Deputies of Chile
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