Daniel Osvaldo Scioli (Spanish: [daˈnjel ˈsjoli] , Italian: [ˈʃɔːli];[1] born 13 January 1957) is an Argentine politician, sportsman, and businessman. He currently serves as the Secretary of Tourism, Environment and Sports since January 2024.[2] He was Vice President of Argentina from 2003 to 2007 and Governor of Buenos Aires Province from 2007 to 2015. From September 2022 to January 2024 (and previously, from June 2020 to June 2022) he was Argentina's ambassador to Brazil.[3]

Daniel Scioli
Scioli in 2022
Secretary of Tourism, Environment and Sports
Assumed office
30 January 2024
PresidentJavier Milei
Preceded byMatías Lammens[a]
Juan Cabandié[b]
Ambassador of Argentina to Brazil
In office
5 September 2022 – 30 January 2024
PresidentAlberto Fernández
Javier Milei
Preceded byHimself
In office
29 June 2020 – 15 June 2022
PresidentAlberto Fernández
Preceded byCarlos Magariños
Succeeded byHimself
Minister of Productive Development
In office
15 June 2022 – 3 August 2022
PresidentAlberto Fernández
Preceded byMatías Kulfas
Succeeded bySergio Massa (as Minister of Economy)
Governor of Buenos Aires
In office
10 December 2007 – 10 December 2015
Vice GovernorAlberto Balestrini
Gabriel Mariotto
Preceded byFelipe Solá
Succeeded byMaría Eugenia Vidal
Vice President of Argentina
In office
25 May 2003 – 10 December 2007
PresidentNéstor Kirchner
Preceded byCarlos Álvarez
Succeeded byJulio Cobos
President of the Justicialist Party
In office
27 October 2010 – 9 May 2014
Preceded byNéstor Kirchner
Succeeded byEduardo Fellner
In office
29 June 2009 – 11 November 2009
Preceded byNéstor Kirchner
Succeeded byNéstor Kirchner
National Deputy
In office
10 December 2017 – 10 December 2019
ConstituencyBuenos Aires
In office
10 December 1997 – 23 December 2001
ConstituencyCity of Buenos Aires
Personal details
Born
Daniel Osvaldo Scioli

(1957-01-13) 13 January 1957 (age 67)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Political partyJusticialist Party
Other political
affiliations
Justicialist Agreement (1999–2003)
Front for Victory (2003–2017)
Citizen's Unity (2017–2019)
Everyone's Front (2019–2023)
Freedom Advances (2023-present)
Spouse
(m. 1991; div. 2015)
Domestic partnerGisella Berger (2016–2020)
Children2
Alma materArgentine University of Enterprise
Signature
WebsiteOfficial website

He has also served two tenures as president of the Justicialist Party. He was the candidate to the presidency for the Front for Victory ticket in the 2015 general elections, and lost to Mauricio Macri in a runoff election. From June to September 2022, he briefly served as Minister of Production in the cabinet of Alberto Fernández.

Family edit

Scioli was born in Villa Crespo, Buenos Aires. He spent his first years in a middle class home located at the corner of Corrientes and Humboldt. His grandfather ran an electrical hardware store, which over time grew into a store selling electrical appliances that was to become the family business. Scioli has described himself as a loyal man devoted to his stable and intimate circle, and an understanding but demanding father.

In 1975, his brother José Scioli was kidnapped by a cell of the Montoneros guerrilla group. Daniel Scioli, then aged 18, carried out the negotiations with the kidnappers to free his brother. José was released in exchange for a cash payment by their father.[4]

He was married to former model and entrepreneur Karina Rabolini and has an extramarital daughter. Scioli refused to recognize his daughter, but he was eventually forced by law to recognize her. She was then accepted by Scioli as his daughter when she was 18 years old.[5] Regarding this issue, he says, "It helped me to grow and to give me peace of mind".[6]

Education edit

Scioli attended Colegio Ward's primary school in Villa Sarmiento, where he lived until he was 17 years old. For his secondary schooling, he graduated from the Escuela Superior de Comercio Carlos Pellegrini with a diploma in commercial expertise, having attained one of the three best grade averages. He started studies in marketing at the Universidad Argentina de la Empresa (U.A.D.E.) in Buenos Aires; in October 2015 he graduated finishing his final exams.[7] Scioli and Ricardo Orosco, head of the UADE, were denounced for a possible degree forgery, as several topics of study approved by him are no longer part of the scheduled studies.[8]

Sports career edit

His interest in sports began at the Villa Crespo club. He took part in swimming, tennis, basketball and a form of badminton, representing his city in each. His passion for offshore powerboat racing took off when a friend invited him for a ride in a powerboat. Some time later he competed in his first Offshore Powerboat race in Mar del Plata, in which he finished last. "This made me very angry, so I decided to train until I started winning, and finally ended up as the world champion," he states.

Scioli started to compete in offshore powerboat racing in 1986 in 1987 he joined the Italian powerboat designer, builder and engineer Fabio Buzzi who ran FB Design, one of the most successful powerboat racing teams in the world.

On December 4, 1989, he lost his right arm in an accident while racing on the Paraná river in the 1000 km Delta Argentino race.[9] A wave produced by an oil tanker is believed to have overturned his boat. A fitted prosthesis enabled Scioli to pursue his love of offshore powerboat racing.

Even with this handicap he won many offshore powerboat racing championships in various categories. On board La Gran Argentina, a Fabio Buzzi-designed FB 55, Daniel Scioli was a three-time winner of the World Superboat USA Championship and captured 4 European titles. The boat's hull was modified in 2000 into a long-distance record setter. Scioli went on to set the Miami-Nassau-Miami record with an average speed of 100 mph.

Business career edit

In the field of business his activity was linked to the electrical appliances market. In 1991, the Swedish company Electrolux, which had left the Argentine market on account of the country's instability, nominated him as the agent of its brand for Argentina. In 1994 Scioli encouraged the firm to re-establish in Argentina, an effort which gave rise to Electrolux Argentina, of which he became the director, a post he held until 1997.

Political career edit

 
Scioli's running mate, Alberto Balestrini, President Kirchner and Scioli celebrate the victory of the Scioli-Balestrini ticket in the 2007 race for the Governor of the Province of Buenos Aires, the nation's largest.

Scioli's political career took off in 1997, when he ran for a seat in the Argentine Chamber of Deputies on behalf of the Justicialist Party in the City of Buenos Aires. He was elected and on December 10 of that year he became a Deputy in the Argentine Congress. He was nominated president of the Sports Committee of the House for a two-year tenure, a nomination that was renewed for another two-year period on the basis of a unanimous vote.

Having been re-elected as a Deputy in 2001, in December 2001 he became a minister as the Secretary of Sports and Tourism.

In 2003 the formula Kirchner-Scioli running on the Front for Victory ticket won the presidential election. Thus Scioli became Argentina's vice-president and the President of the Senate.

In 2007, upon Néstor Kirchner's retirement as president, Daniel Scioli was elected Governor of the Province of Buenos Aires, considered one of the most influential political jobs in Argentina. Following disappointing results for the ruling Front for Victory (FPV) in the June 28, 2009, mid-term elections, Scioli replaced Kirchner as President of the Justicialist Party (to which the FPV belongs).[10]

Scioli was the FPV candidate in the 2015 Argentine presidential election, and was endorsed by incumbent President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.[11] The initial polls pointed him as a favourite, with some predicting he would win enough votes to win outright and avoid a ballotage. However, he only narrowly won the first round, forcing him into a ballotage against Buenos Aires mayor Mauricio Macri. The ballotage round was held on November 22.[12] Scioli narrowly lost to Macri, and conceded the race with 70% of the votes counted.[13]

In March 2020 President Alberto Fernández nominated him to be the new Ambassador of Argentina to Brazil. The Senate accepted his nomination on 26 June 2020.[14]

In June 2022 the government of Alberto Fernández offered him the position of Minister of Productive Development after the previous minister, Matías Kulfas, resigned over a scandal related to the bidding to build the Néstor Kirchner gas pipeline. A position wich he ultimately accepted.[15]

Scioli would end up leaving the Ministry of Productive Development on 3 August of the same year, 43 days after being appointed to the office.[16]

After leaving the Ministry he returned to his previous role as the Ambassador to Brazil on 9 Septmeber 2022.[17] After the 2023 general election the government of President Javier Milei would retain him as the Ambassador to Brazil.[18]

On 30 January 2024 Scioli was designated by the government of President Javier Milei to become the Secretary of Tourism, Environment and Sport.[2]

Electoral career edit

Executive edit

Electoral history of Daniel Scioli
Election Office List Votes Result Ref.
Total % P.
2007 Governor of Buenos Aires Front for Victory 3,376,795 48.24% 1st Elected [19]
2011 Front for Victory 4,288,400 55.18% 1st Elected [20]
2015 1-R President of Argentina Front for Victory 9,338,490 37.08% 1st → Round 2 [21]
2015 2-R Front for Victory 12,309,575 48.66% 2nd Not elected

Legislative edit

Electoral history of Daniel Scioli
Election Office List # District Votes Result Ref.
Total % P.
1997 National Deputy Justicialist Party 2 City of Buenos Aires 345,466 17.99% 2nd[c] Elected [22]
2001 Unity for Buenos Aires 1 City of Buenos Aires 156,104 11.68% 3rd[c] Elected [23]
2009 Front for Victory 2 Buenos Aires Province 2,418,104 32.18% 2nd[c] Elected[d] [24]
2017 Unidad Ciudadana 5 Buenos Aires Province 3,383,114 36.28% 2nd[c] Elected [25]
  1. ^ as Minister of Tourism and Sports
  2. ^ as Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development
  3. ^ a b c d Presented on an electoral list. The data shown represents the share of the vote the entire party/alliance received in that constituency.
  4. ^ Never took office.

References edit

  1. ^ Migliorini, Bruno. "Scioli". Dizionario d'Ortografia e di Pronuncia (in Italian). Retrieved 20 August 2021.
  2. ^ a b "El Gobierno confirmó la designación de Daniel Scioli como secretario de Ambiente, Turismo y Deportes, con una aclaración: "Ad honorem"". Clarín (in Spanish). 15 February 2024. Retrieved 18 May 2024.
  3. ^ "Oficializaron a Daniel Scioli como embajador argentino en Brasil". Infobae (in Spanish). 29 June 2020. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  4. ^ "El secuestro del hermano de Scioli" [The kidnapping of Scioli's brother] (in Spanish). Ámbito Financiero. 24 January 2009. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Lorena Scioli". Revista Hola. 24 June 2015. A principios de 1990, mediante un juicio de filiación, fue reconocida legalmente y recibió el apellido que hoy la hace tan famosa.
  6. ^ María Paz Aizpurúa (September 2005). "Cuando la paternidad es un problema" [When paternity is an issue] (in Spanish). Para tí. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Scioli volvió a la Universidad para rendir Marketing" [Scioli returned to the university to take an exam on marketing] (in Spanish). Clarín. 7 March 2015. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Denunciaron a Scioli por su título universitario" [Scioli was denounced about his university degree] (in Spanish). Clarín. 3 November 2015. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  9. ^ Cavanna, Por Joaquín (4 December 2019). ""Así fue el día en que perdí mi brazo derecho": Daniel Scioli recordó el accidente que le cambió la vida hace 30 años" ["This is what the day I lost my right arm was like": Daniel Scioli recalled the accident that changed his life 30 years ago]. infobae (in European Spanish). Retrieved 5 November 2023.
  10. ^ Clarín: Scioli estrenó su liderazgo peronista (in Spanish)
  11. ^ Gilbert, Jonathan (28 June 2015). "Some Fear Departing Argentine President Has No Real Plans to Leave". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
  12. ^ Jonathan Watts and Uki Goñi (26 October 2015). "Argentina's presidential election headed for second round after no clear winner". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  13. ^ Catherine E. Shoichet (22 November 2015). "Argentina elections: Daniel Scioli concedes defeat". CNN. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  14. ^ "BOLETIN OFICIAL REPUBLICA ARGENTINA - SERVICIO EXTERIOR - Decreto 570/2020". www.boletinoficial.gob.ar. 29 June 2020. Retrieved 19 May 2024.
  15. ^ "Página en reconstrucción". www.telam.com.ar. Retrieved 19 May 2024.
  16. ^ "Tras apenas 43 días como ministro, Daniel Scioli vuelve a la embajada de Brasil". Clarín (in Spanish). 28 July 2022. Retrieved 19 May 2024.
  17. ^ "En plena recta final de la campaña, Daniel Scioli vuelve a Brasil como embajador". LA NACION (in Spanish). 9 September 2022. Retrieved 19 May 2024.
  18. ^ "Alberto Fernández criticó que Scioli siga como embajador en Brasil con Milei | Definiciones del Presidente". PAGINA12 (in Spanish). 28 November 2023. Retrieved 19 May 2024.
  19. ^ "Elecciones 2007" (PDF). juntaelectoral.gba.gov.ar (in Spanish). Junta Electoral de la Provincia de Buenos Aires. Retrieved 21 February 2023.
  20. ^ "Elecciones 2011" (PDF). juntaelectoral.gba.gov.ar (in Spanish). Junta Electoral de la Provincia de Buenos Aires. Retrieved 21 February 2023.
  21. ^ "Elecciones 2015". argentina.gob.ar (in Spanish). Dirección Nacional Electoral. 28 August 2017. Retrieved 4 February 2023.
  22. ^ "Elecciones 1997". argentina.gob.ar (in Spanish). Dirección Nacional Electoral. 6 February 2019. Retrieved 21 February 2023.
  23. ^ "Elecciones 2001". argentina.gob.ar (in Spanish). Dirección Nacional Electoral. 7 February 2019. Retrieved 21 February 2023.
  24. ^ "Elecciones 2009". argentina.gob.ar (in Spanish). Dirección Nacional Electoral. 30 August 2017. Retrieved 21 February 2023.
  25. ^ "Elecciones 2017". argentina.gob.ar (in Spanish). Dirección Nacional Electoral. 27 September 2017. Retrieved 21 February 2023.

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Political offices
Preceded by Vice President of Argentina
2003–2007
Succeeded by
Preceded by Governor of Buenos Aires
2007–2015
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister of Productive Development
June 2022–August 2022
Succeeded byas Minister of Economy
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by Ambassador of Argentina to Brazil
2020–2022
Vacant
Vacant Ambassador of Argentina to Brazil
2022–present
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by President of the Justicialist Party
January 2009–November 2009
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Preceded by President of the Justicialist Party
2010–2014
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