|Member of the Puerto Rico Senate|
from the at-large district
|Born||December 24, 1940|
San Juan, Puerto Rico
|Political party||Popular Democratic|
|Relatives||Luis Muñoz Marín (Father)|
Inés Mendoza (Mother)
|Education||University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras (BA)|
Victoria "Melo" Muñoz Mendoza (born December 24, 1940) is a former politician from Puerto Rico. She is the daughter of the first democratically elected governor of Puerto Rico, Luis Muñoz Marín, founder of the Popular Democratic Party and his second wife, Inés Mendoza. Muñoz Mendoza was the first woman in Puerto Rican history to seek the office of Governor of Puerto Rico.
Muñoz Mendoza first went into active in politics in 1984, when she made an unsuccessful bid to become Mayor of San Juan. In 1986, she was chosen to replace a senator in the Senate of Puerto Rico. She held the seat for seven years, after having been re-elected in 1988.
In 1992, she became the first woman to seek the governorship of Puerto Rico. She faced Pedro Rosselló of the New Progressive Party and ended up losing. She retired from politics soon after her electoral defeat.
In 2000, Sila María Calderón was elected Governor of Puerto Rico, becoming the first woman to do so. Muñoz Mendoza vigorously campaigned and endorsed her, fulfilling her dream of having a female Governor.
- "Late Leader's Daughter Takes up Cause in Puerto Rico". Lewiston Journal: p. 22. Associated Press. 1985-10-08. Retrieved 2011-02-11.
- "Summary of November 3, 1992 General Election Results". Elections in Puerto Rico. Retrieved 2011-02-11.