|Deputy to the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador |
District San Salvador
|Assumed office |
May 1, 2018
|Ambassador to the United States of America|
|Assumed office |
September 24, 2020
Carmen Milena Mayorga
San Salvador, El Salvador
Milena Mayorga is a Salvadoran deputy to the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador for San Salvador department, former model and beauty pageant contestant who represented El Salvador in Miss Universe 1996, where she finished in top ten. On September 24, 2020 president Nayib Bukele appointed her as ambassador to the United States.
Born in San Salvador, her father is a doctor and her mother originated from Venezuela. After graduating high school, Mayorga became a model for Willie Maldonado in the longest-running TV show in El Salvador, Fin de Semana.
After Miss Universe, Mayorga went on to be a news presenter for Teledos of the Telecorporación Salvadoreña from 1999 to 2005. In June 2005, Mayorga joined rival channel Canal 12 and became part of a new group of presenters on El Salvador's longest running morning show, Hola El Salvador. In 2011, Mayorga became conductor of her own talk show, Milena tu amiga on Canal 12.
Mayorga is married and has two children.
Mayorga serves as congresswoman to the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador for the department of San Salvador in the 2018-2021 legislature, elected as a candidate for the Nationalist Republican Alliance. However, on June 4, 2020, she renounced her party membership, accusing the Nationalist Republican Alliance party leadership of corruption.
As a legislator, in relation to corruption, Mayorga supported the creation of the Permanent Commission against Corruption, the creation of the International Commission against Impunity in El Salvador, and a law for the repatriation of stolen or evaded capital. In regard to foreign relations, she supported the creation of a special commission to monitor the situation of Salvadorans residing in the United States before the termination of Temporary Protected Status, a law for the exercise of the vote from abroad in the 2021 Salvadoran legislative election, reform of the migration and immigration legislation, and ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. In 2020, she voted in favor of all the proposals by the government of Nayib Bukele in terms of loans, fiscal measures, and health measures related to COVID-19.