17 Facts About Danilo Medina


Danilo Medina Sanchez is a Dominican politician who was President of the Dominican Republic from 2012 to 2020.


Danilo Medina's family, including two of his brothers, are currently being investigated under allegations of corruption, involving traffic of influence by which they benefited under Danilo Medina presidency, obtaining multiple contracts and business with the State.


Danilo Medina was born in Arroyo Cano, San Juan Province, in the southwest of the Dominican Republic.


Danilo Medina is the oldest of eight brothers born to Juan Pablo Medina de los Santos and Amelia Sanchez Abreu.


Danilo Medina has been a member of the Central Committee of the PLD since 1983.


In 1990, Danilo Medina was elected member of the Political Committee of the Dominican Liberation Party together with Leonel Fernandez and Juan Temistocles Montas.


Danilo Medina was selected by his political organization to be the President of the Chamber of Deputies in the Dominican Republic.


Danilo Medina was President of the Chamber of Deputies of the Dominican Republic from 1994 to 1995, and subsequently served as Secretary of State of the Presidency from 1996 to 1999 and again from 2004 to 2006.


Danilo Medina is considered the PLD's leading political strategist and negotiator.


Danilo Medina was appointed Secretary of the Presidency in 1996 and was one of the President's closest aides.


In 2000, with Fernandez barred from reelection, Danilo Medina was the presidential candidate of the PLD.


Danilo Medina finished a distant second behind opposition candidate Hipolito Mejia of the Dominican Revolutionary Party, taking only 24.9 percent of the vote to Mejia's 49.87 percent.


However, Danilo Medina concluded he had no chance of overcoming Mejia's nearly 25-point first-round lead, especially after third-place finisher Balaguer hinted some of his supporters would vote for the PRD in the runoff.


Danilo Medina would have needed nearly all of Balaguer's supporters in order to overcome his massive first-round deficit.


Danilo Medina resigned from the post on 8 November 2006 in order to launch his bid for the PLD presidential nomination against President Fernandez.


Danilo Medina was later removed from his position for overstepping his limits and not being able to prove his claims.


Danilo Medina vowed to fight corruption, create jobs and invest in education in the Caribbean nation.