Silvia Elías de Perez, national senator for the province of Tucumán In the bloc of the Radical Civic Union (UCR), she was criticized for denouncing President Alberto Fernández for pressuring senators to vote in favor of the decriminalization of abortion. But It is not the first time that his name has resonated in Congress.
Elías de Pérez, 56, was born in Juan Bautista Alberdi, south of the capital of Tucumán. There he attended his primary and secondary studies, and always had a tendency for politics.
However, when he finished school he moved to the capital of Tucumán to study the career of National Public Accountant at the Universidad del Norte Santo Tomás de Aquino. There he was a radical militant and became even more interested in politics.
The current senator, who is married with three children, before beginning her career at the UCR worked for a time in the private sector as manager of a medical sanatorium and was also a teacher.
In 2009, she accompanied José Cano as a candidate for national senator for the Civic and Social Agreement alliance, and in 2010, she assumed as President of the Capital Committee of the Tucuman UCR.
Then, in 2011, she was elected provincial legislator by the UCR until in 2013 she became a national senator to replace Cano, who resigned to become a national deputy.
As time went by, her career grew: in 2015 she was reelected in the Upper House for the 2015-2021 period and was elected as vice president of the national UCR until the end of 2017.
Elías de Pérez, who currently heads the National Economy and Investment commission, had clashes in Congress with other legislators. In 2018, it gained prominence throughout the country as one of the disputed ones that voted against the decriminalization of abortion.
He denounced that the law was an initiative financed by a United States NGO called IPFF for the “fetal trafficking”, for which he argued that it was a business and he was not in favor.
Another of the crossings he had was last March with Vice President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner in the Senate while the Gondolas Law was being debated. The former president named her as “opposition senator” and the legislator corrected it: “Senator Elías de Pérez”.