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Chile

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Senate

This is a bicameral parliament. Switch to theChamber of Deputies

About parliament

Basic information such as the official name of parliament and details of its structure and leadership. Also includes the current breakdown of MPs by sex and age, and provisions for quotas and reserved seats.

Parliament name
Congreso Nacional (National Congress)
Chamber name
Senado (Senate)
Structure & Status of parliament This field is to indicate lower/upper in the back end.
Upper chamber
Parliamentary term (years)
8

IPU membership

Affiliation periods
from 1958 to 1973
from 1990
IPU Geopolitical Group/s IPU Geopolitical Groups: African Group, Arab Group, Asia-Pacific Group, Eurasia Group, Group of Latin America and the Caribbean (GRULAC), Twelve Plus Group.
Group of Latin America and the Caribbean (GRULAC)

Speaker

Official title The Speaker may for example be known as the Presiding Officer, President, Chairman/Chairperson, etc.
President of the Senate
Speaker
Jaime Quintana Leal (Male)
Year of birth
1967
Term
12.03.2019
Additional information
Elected on 12 March 2019.
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Secretary General

Official title This post is most commonly called Secretary General or Clerk. It may also be called Secretary, Head/Chief of the Secretariat, Director General, etc.
Secretary General (Secretario general)
Secretary General
Raúl Guzmán Uribe (Male)

Members

Statutory number of members Statutory number of members, as defined in the constitution or other fundamental law.
Principal mode of designation of members
Directly elected members Directly elected by citizens.
50
Note on the statutory number of members
The Statutory number of Senate has increased from 38 to 50 in accordance with Act No. 20.840. However, the Senate will comprise 43 members until 2022: 23 of the incumbent senators were elected in 2017, while 20 others were elected in 2013. The next elections, due in 2021, will be held for 27 seats to make the Senate a 50-member body.
Current number of members Number of members who currently hold seats in parliament. May be lower or higher than the statutory number of members.
43
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Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
10
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Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
23.26% See historical data for this field.
Statutory number of members per country As defined in the constitution or other fundamental laws. Combines the number of parliamentarians in both chambers in bicameral parliaments.
Population (in thousands) Source: United Nations, World Population Prospects.
17,763
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Inhabitants per parliamentarian Calculated by dividing the population by the statutory number of parliamentarians.
86,649 See historical data for this field.

Age

Data on the age of parliamentarians is collected at start of the legislature, following the most recent elections. This data is not updated during the legislature.

 

Average age of all members
Not available
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Youngest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Youngest member
Ena Von Baer Jahn (Female)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
83
Oldest member
Mariano Ruiz-Esquide Jara (Male)
Number of members, by age
Breakdown of members by age and gender
18 - 20 21 - 30 31 - 40 41 - 45 46 - 50 51 - 60 61 - 70 71 - 80 81 - 90 91 and over Totals per gender
Totals per age interval 0 0 2 5 3 16 10 2 0 0
Total <= 45: 7 Total >= 46: 31
Male 0 0 1 4 3 13 9 2 0 0 32
Female 0 0 1 1 0 3 1 0 0 0 6
Percentage of members, by age
Age as last election or renewalOverallMaleFemale
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger0%0%0%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger5.26%2.63%2.63%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger18.42%13.16%5.26%
Members for whom data is available
38

Reserved seats and quotas

There are reserved seats in parliament for certain groups Reserved seats are a means to ensure the parliamentary representation of certain groups in society.
Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Notes
Voluntary political party quotas.
Electoral quota for youth Quotas to promote the representation of youth in parliament.