Member of the Liberal Party who was the interim de facto President of Honduras from 2009 to 2010. He has also been President of the National Congress and was the Deputy of the National Congress for over 20 years.
He briefly lived in Florida and Louisiana in the 1970s before returning to Honduras in 1976.
He was given the status of "legislator for life" by the Hondran Congress for his lifetime of work in 2010.
He has three children with wife Siomara Giron.
He replaced Manuel Zelaya as the President of Honduras after a 2009 coup d'etat.