Victoria Muñoz Mendoza

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Melo Muñoz
Member of the Puerto Rico Senate
from the at-large district
In office
Personal details
Born (1940-12-24) December 24, 1940 (age 82)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Political partyPopular Democratic
Other political
SpouseMinas Papadakis
RelativesLuis Muñoz Marín (Father)
Inés Mendoza (Mother)
EducationUniversity of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras (BA)

Victoria "Melo" Muñoz Mendoza (born December 24, 1940) is a former politician from Puerto Rico. She is the daughter of the first democratically elected governor of Puerto Rico, Luis Muñoz Marín, founder of the Popular Democratic Party and his second wife, Inés Mendoza. Muñoz Mendoza was the first woman in Puerto Rican history to seek the office of Governor of Puerto Rico.


Muñoz attended University High School in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. She went to the University of Puerto Rico, where she received a degree in Literature in 1962.

Political career[edit]

Muñoz Mendoza first went into active in politics in 1984, when she made an unsuccessful bid to become Mayor of San Juan.[1] In 1986, she was chosen to replace a senator in the Senate of Puerto Rico. She held the seat for seven years, after having been re-elected in 1988.

In 1992, she became the first woman to seek the governorship of Puerto Rico.[2] She faced Pedro Rosselló of the New Progressive Party and ended up losing. She retired from politics soon after her electoral defeat.

In 2000, Sila María Calderón was elected Governor of Puerto Rico, becoming the first woman to do so. Muñoz Mendoza vigorously campaigned and endorsed her, fulfilling her dream of having a female Governor.


  1. ^ "Late Leader's Daughter Takes up Cause in Puerto Rico". Lewiston Journal: p. 22. Associated Press. 1985-10-08. Retrieved 2011-02-11.
  2. ^ "Summary of November 3, 1992 General Election Results". Elections in Puerto Rico. Retrieved 2011-02-11.
Party political offices
Preceded by Chair of the Puerto Rico Popular Democratic Party
Succeeded by
Popular Democratic nominee for Governor of Puerto Rico