About Mexico President Felipe Calderón

MP Mexico News Staff

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Here is a profile of current President Felipe Calderón, as described on the Mexican government web site. 

President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa was born on August 18, 1962, in Morelia, Michoacán. He is the youngest of five brothers, and the son of Carmen Hinojosa de Calderón and the late Luis Calderon Vega, founder, leader and historian of the National Action Party (PAN). He is married to Margarita Zavala Gómez del Campo, with whom he has three children.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Law from the Escuela Libre de Derecho, a master’s in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and a master’s in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University.

Within the PAN, President Felipe Calderón was Secretary of Studies (1987), National Youth Secretary (1991) and Secretary General (1993). From 1994 to 1995, he was the PAN representative to the Federal Electoral Institute (IFE), and in 1995 was candidate for governor of the state of Michoacán.

He was elected president of the PAN’s National Executive Committee during the three year period from 1996-1999. During his tenure, the PAN achieved significant electoral triumphs and was witness to several important agreements, such as the Electoral Reform, which paved the way for the IFE’s autonomy. During his legislative career, President Calderón was Representative of the Legislative Assembly of the Federal District (1988-1991) and Federal Deputy in the 55th Legislature (1991-1994).

In 2000, he was Federal Deputy in the 58th Legislature and was appointed Coordinator of the PAN’s Parliamentary Group (2000-2003), where he submitted various law proposals for the consecutive election of deputies, the Law of Responsibilities of the Civil Servant and the rules and regulations to apply the Law of Access to Information in the Chamber of Deputies.

In 2002, he was president of the Board of Political Coordination, where he promoted transparency in the use of funds in the Chamber of Deputies.

Because of his legislative leadership and performance, President Felipe Calderón was awarded the “NAFTA Congressional Leadership Award” from the México-US Chamber of Commerce and the “CANACINTRA Eagle Award for Legislative Merit” award from the National Chamber of the Manufacturing Industry.

In the international arena, he was Vice-president of the Christian Democrat Organization of America (CDOA). He was member of the “World Leaders of the Future” of the World Economic Forum from 1997 to 2000.

During his professional career, President Felipe Calderón worked in the areas of civil and labor law, at the firms of Goodrich, Riquelme and Partners and at Multibanco Comermex, respectively. Moreover, he has written as an editorialist for Mexico’s main newspapers. In March 2003, in the public sector, President Felipe Calderón was appointed General Director of the National Bank of Public Works and Services (BANOBRAS) a banking institution in charge of granting financing to states and city councils, as well as promoting investment in infrastructure projects.

In September 2003, he was appointed Secretary of Energy by then President Vicente Fox. As the head of Mexico’s energy sector, he promoted the modernization of state-owned companies as president of the Board of Directors of PEMEX, the Federal Commission of Electricity (CFE) and the electricity company Luz y Fuerza del Centro (LyFC).

In 2005, he was elected as the PAN’s presidential candidate, and, on July 2, 2006, he obtained the majority of the votes in one of Mexico’s closest elections. On December 1, he was sworn in as President of the United States of Mexico for the 2006-2012 term. 

8 thoughts on “About Mexico President Felipe Calderón”

  1. I would like to ask President Calderon when he is going to start preventing Illegal Aliens from entering the United States? We cannot afford them anymore! They take and take from our country, form gangs here, kill our citizens, some don’t even attempt to learn English, we hire special teachers for them, etc. and what do you do, nothing!

    Now you are trying to punish us even more by adding a tariff on our exports.

    The American taxpayers have had enough so you better do something soon or there will be riots from our citizens. Fix your own country and keep your citizens there before you wreck America even more!

  2. First of all it is against the Mexican Constitution to prevent its citizens from leaving their country. So it would take a constitutional amendment to change that. More importantly, you’re blaming Calderon for the US not enforcing their own immigration laws? Big business has wanted cheap labor and to bust the unions for the past 30 years. That’s where the problem is.

  3. In response to these comments….Personally, I think we should enforce stricter laws requiring citizens of other countries to follow if they want to reside in the United States. My son’s aunt who is a US citizen went to live in Mexico with her childern and her husband. Even though her husband is a citizen of Mexico her children were not allowed to attend theit…(Mexico’s) schools for one year. True her children were born in the US, but if it was a Mexican-born child living in the US they would have the right to attand our schools….So I say make it more difficult for others here.

  4. President Felipe Calderon …….

    Calderon is pushing the guilt trip on America when it’s he’s responsibility to take care of his own citizens; we’re not his ‘Nanny’. Illegal immigrants are sending billions of dollars back to Mexico which also fattens his government’s coffers, that’s a threat to him and nothing else! I stand behind Arizona immigration law one hundred percent! It’s about time our states starts cleaning house and restores it back its citizens. Since our elected officials sits on their high pedal stools and do nothing!
    Calderon and Fox think Mexico is part of the United States and therefore dictates to our government as what we should do! It’s none of their business!

  5. who is going to pay for the
    schooling, healt care and unisured illegal alien motorists
    and criminals that have killed U.S citizens
    who send millons of U.S tax dollars to Mexico??

  6. How dare you, Mr. Calderon, to indicate that the widow of the man shot and killed by your people shot her husband! You stated once before that securing the border by the U.S. means hate and discrimination. Yes, I hate a politician who blames someone as you did without any proof. You had to know how bad the border is as you put in a fence at the north and you certainly guard your southern border. Do you think your stupid comment makes anyone here like you? I sure don’t. Please observe that my maiden was Bastidas. What kind of name do you think that is? I’m sick of your not keeping your people home. Keep your many, many criminals who come here. Yes, I discriminate when I hear stupid statements, no matter who says them. You are a different person when you come for a handout of a big pile of money. You have oil to sell. Sell it and pay your people a decent wage as your illegals are not welcome here. I wouldn’t welcome anyone of any ethnicity if they come here illegally. I do have open arms for the legals who come and they live decently without criminal activity.

  7. December 7, 1941, the first “Day of Infamy.” The next was May 20, 2010, when this excuse for a President stood before the US Congress and told us how to run our country concerning immigration – illegal, at that. I thought his predecessor was a clown, but Calderon can match Fox any day. When our Congress finally understands that this man heads up the most vicious, corrupt, violent hellhole in the world, they will quit thinking of him as a “friend” and “partner.” His whole country needs to be sealed off from human contact. He cannot control the crime and strikes out at us, who have taken in his illegal criminals and shelled out hundreds of BILLIONS of dollars on them and only had insults for our trouble. The American people will fight until every last illegal is out of here. Senor Calderon, they are your problem, not ours. How about doing you job and paying attention to the collapse of your nation rather than spending your time trying to blame us. Por favor!

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