Gabriel Boric Font (born February 11, 1986, in Punta Arenas) is a politician, currently serving as a member of the Chamber of Deputies, representing District 60 of Punta Arenas, and former Chilean student leader. In the 2013 parliamentarian elections he ran as an independent candidate and was elected deputy for District 60 of the Region of Magallanes and the Chilean Antarctic.
As a graduate of the Faculty of Law at the University of Chile, he was president of the FECH in 2012. He is part of the student movement Izquierda Autonoma and director of Fundacion Nodo XXI.
Born in Punta Arenas in 1986, son of Luis Javier Boric Scarpa, of Croatian descent, chemical engineer and for more than four decades public employee at ENAP, and of Maria Soledad Font Aguilera, of Spanish descent, from Catalonia specifically.
Boric studied at The British School in his hometown. He then moved to Santiago to study at the Faculty of Law at the University of Chile in 2004, from where he later graduated, although he has yet to obtain the Law degree and his professional title as lawyer.
In 1999 and 2000 Boric participated in the re-establishment of the Federation of Secondary School Students of Punta Arenas.
While at university, he joined the political collective Izquierda Autonoma, initially known as “Estudiantes Autonomos” (Autonomous Students). He was counselor to the student federation of his faculty in 2008, president of the Law Students’ Center in 2009, year in which he led a protest for 44 days against the deacon Roberto Nahum, and represented students as a university senator.
He was candidate for the leadership of the Federation of Students of the University of Chile on the list “Creando Izquierda” in the elections of December 5 and 6 of 2011, in which he was elected president with 30.52% of the votes, defeating Camila Vallejo, who was then president of the federation and running for re-election on the list Young Communists of Chile.
During his time as president of the FECH he had to face the second part of the student mobilizations that began in 2011, becoming one of the principal spokespersons of the Federation of Chilean Students.
In 2012 he was included on the list of 100 young leaders of Chile, published by the Saturday magazine of the newspaper El Mercurio, in collaboration with the University Adolfo Ibanez.
In 2013 he ran in the parliamentarian elections as an independent candidate to represent District 60, which encompasses the Region of Magallanes and the Chilean Antarctic. He was elected with 26.18% of the votes, finishing with the highest number of votes of any candidate in the region. Media have highlighted the fact that Boric was elected outside of an electoral pact, thereby successfully breaking through the Chilean bi-nominal election system.
He was sworn in as deputy on March 11, 2014. He sits on the Permanent Commissions for Human Rights and Original Peoples; Extreme Zones and the Chilean Antartic; and Labor and Social Security.
2013 Parliamentary Elections
- 2013 parliamentary elections for deputy of District 60 (Río Verde, Antártica, Laguna Blanca, Natales, Cabo de Hornos, Porvenir, Primavera, Punta Arenas, San Gregorio, Timaukel y Torres del Paine)
|Gabriel Boric||Independent (No list)||IND||15 418||26,2||Deputy|
|Juan Morano||Nueva Mayoría||PDC||10 753||18,27||Deputy|
|Domingo Rubilar||Nueva Mayoría||PPD||8122||13,8|
|Karim Bianchi||Independent (No list)||IND||7999||13,59|
|Rodrigo Utz||Independent (No list)||IND||2613||4,44|
|Margarita Novakovic||Partido Regionalista de los Independientes||PRI||545||0,92|
|Jorge Patricio Ivelic||Partido Regionalista de los Independientes||PRI||300||0,5|