Ricardo Mario Ehrlich
Ricardo Ehrlich in 2007
Municipal Intendant of Montevideo
In office
April 1, 2005 – 2010
PresidentTabaré Vázquez
Preceded byMariano Arana
Succeeded byHyara Rodríguez
Personal details
Born (1948-11-04) November 4, 1948 (age 75)
Montevideo, Uruguay
Political partyBroad Front
SpouseVerónica Etchart
ChildrenLucía y Leticia
Alma materUniversité Louis Pasteur
OccupationPolitical, engineer
AwardsPremio Legión del Libro

Ricardo Mario Ehrlich (Montevideo, born 4 November 1948) is a Uruguayan biologist and a political figure.


From 2005 until 2010 he was Mayor (styled Intendente Municipal in Uruguayan vernacular Spanish) of Montevideo. He is from the prominent local Jewish community.

Ehrlich was a student militant who was jailed under the Presidency of Juan Maria Bordaberry who led a coup in 1973 to reinforce his rule at a time of great social tension. Subsequently, on his release in 1973, Ehrlich spent many years in exile in Europe.

By profession Ehrlich is a leading biochemist in Uruguay.

In 2005 Ehrlich stood for the leftist Frente Amplio in Montevideo's mayoral elections and won, gaining 60.9% of the vote. His nearest rival, for the Colorado Party, was Pedro Bordaberry, a son of former President Juan Maria Bordaberry, who scored 26.9%.

He was longlisted for the 2008 World Mayor award.

On March 1, 2010, new president José Mujica appointed him Minister of Education.