Luis Herrera Campins

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Luis Herrera Campins : biography

4 May 1925 – 9 November 2007

Herrera’s cabinet (1979-1984)

Ministries Gaceta Oficial de Venezuela, period 1979-1984.
OFFICE NAME TERM
President Luis Herrera Campins 1979–1984
Home Affairs Rafael Montes de Oca 1979–1982
  Luciano Valero 1982–1984
Outer Relations José Alberto Zambrano Velasco 1979–1984
Finance Luis Ugueto 1979–1982
  Arturo Sosa 1982–1984
Defense Fernando Paredes Bello 1979
  Luis Rangel Burgoing 1979–1980
  Tomás Abreu Rescaniere 1980–1981
  Bernardo Leal Puchi 1981–1982
  Vicente Narváez Churión 1982–1983
  Humberto Alcalde Álvarez 1983–1984
Development Manuel Quijada 1979–1981
  José Enrique Porras Omaña 1981–1984
Transport and communications Vinicio Carrera 1979–1983
  Francisco Lara García 1983–1984
Education Rafael Fernández Heres 1979–1982
  Felipe Montilla 1982–1984
Justice José Guillermo Andueza 1979–1981
  J. Reinaldo Chalbaud Zerpa 1981–1984
Mines and Hydrocarbons Humberto Calderón Berti 1979–1983
  José Ignacio Moreno León 1983–1984
Environment Vinicio Carrera 1979–1983
  Francisco Lara García 1983–1984
Agriculture Luciano Valero 1979–1981
  José Luis Zapata Escalona 1981–1982
  Nidia Villegas 1982–1984
Labor Reinaldo Rodríguez Navarro 1979–1981
  Rangel Quintero Castañeda 1981–1984
Health and Social Assistance Alfonso Benzecri 1979–1981
  Luis González Herrera 1981–1984
Urban Development Orlando Orozco 1979–1982
  María Cristina Maldonado 1982–1984
Information and Tourism José Luis Zapata Escalona 1979–1981
  Enrique Pérez Olivares 1981–1982
  Guido Díaz Peña 1982–1984
Youth Charles Brewer Carías 1979–1982
  Guillermo Yépez Boscán 1982–1984
Secretary of Presidency Ramón Guillermo Aveledo 1979–1984
Office of Coordination and Planification Ricardo Martínez 1979–1982
  Maritza Izaguirre 1982–1984

Later life

By the time Herrera’s term ended, the economy was in meltdown, poverty and hardship were widespread and the voters turned on the ruling Christian Democrat, ejecting the party from office in the elections of December 1983. After the end of his presidency, Herrera remained influential in the Copei party, becoming its president in 1995.

In 2001, Herrera made headlines when gunmen stole his car. Afterward, he could be seen on foot wearing old clothes and carrying his own groceries. He underwent surgery for two years for an abdominal aneurysm that led to a kidney infection and other complications. By the time he died on 9 November 2007 in Caracas, when he was already retired from Venezuelan politics. Luis Herrera is survived by his wife Betty Urdaneta and three sons.