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Luce Vela: Puerto Rican first lady to introduce Ann Romney at GOP convention

Luce Vela represents two key demographics for GOP candidate Mitt Romney - women and Hispanics.

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Puerto Rican first lady Luce Velo (R) and her husband, Puerto Rico Governor Luis Fortuno, give President Barack Obama a tour of La Fortaleza, the oldest governor's mansion in the Western Hemisphere, during Obama's visit to San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 14, 2011. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Mitt Romney needs more women and Hispanics to vote for him. Puerto Rican first lady Luce Vela may be his ticket.

Vela, a Puerto Rican native who attended college in Maryland, is slated to introduce Romney's wife, Ann, at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday night.

Ann Romney's speech was moved from Monday night due to Tropical Storm Isaac and will now be broadcast on prime-time TV by all four major networks.

The high-profile post is a prime opportunity for Vela to introduce herself to Republicans — especially women and Hispanics — nationwide.

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Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1961, Vela studied at the Puerto Rican Girls College before traveling to the US mainland to obtain a bachelor's degree from Groucher College in Maryland.

She obtained a law degree from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico in 1986 and currently runs a private practice in real estate and notorial law.

A mother of triplets, Vela married her husband, Luis Fortuno, in 1984 and became first lady when he was elected governor of Puerto Rico in 2009.

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Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct a previous error.

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