Minister of Mining
Mining Minister, Baldo Prokurica, has a law degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.
Between 1990 and 2002 he served as national lower house legislator for the Atacama Region, representing the 6th District, which includes the communities of Vallenar, Caldera, Tierra Amarilla, Huasco, Freirina and Alto del Carmen. He held this position for 3 consecutive periods. During his work in congress, he formed part of the commissions for Defense; Administration and Regulation; Internal Regulations; Economy; and Mining.
In this latter role, he stood out for his permanent support of small and medium mining, which led to his being recognized by the National Mining Society as the best parliamentarian of the year 1996. Likewise, he integrated several investigative commissions: TVN; Intelligence Services; Codelco (future sales); and Compensation, among others. He was a member of the Special Commission of Tourism and of Firefighters of Chile.
In December 2001, he was elected senator for the 3rd Administrative District of the Atacama Region, and he was re-elected in 2009. As senator, he took part on the Commissions for Transport and Telecommunications; National Defense; Housing and Urbanism; and Mining – which he chaired in various periods; as well as the Special Commission for the Campos de Hielo Sur territory and the Special Mixed Commission for the Budget. Between 2008 and 2009 he was elected vice president of the Senate.