About The President

about-president1In one of the most competitive presidential elections in the history of Mexico, Felipe Calderón Hinojosa received a plurality of votes. On December 1, 2006, he was sworn in as President of the United Mexican States.

He was born on August 18, 1962 in Morelia, Michoacán. He is the youngest of five brothers born to Carmen Hinojosa and Luis Calderón Vega. His father was the founder, manager and historian of the National Action Party [Partido Acción Nacional]. The President of Mexico has said that his father’s influence was so significant in the formation of his political ideas that, at only 12 years of age, he was already working for the party that he had belonged to practically from the cradle.  His political ascendance was defined by the search for the common good and his active participation in the fight for democracy in Mexico. He is married to Margarita Zavala; they have three children: María, Luis Felipe and Juan Pablo.

An attorney graduated from the Escuela Libre de Derecho, he earned a Master’s in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, in addition to graduating with a Master’s in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

Early in his time at PAN, and at the invitation of Luis H. Álvarez, he founded and managed “Youth Action” [Acción Juvenil], in addition to being the Secretary of Studies, General Secretary and representative to the Federal Electoral Institute until 1995, when he became a candidate for governor of the state where he was born, Michoacán. In the period of 1996 through 1999, he was elected Chairman of the National Executive Committee. During his tenure, the party had significant electoral victories, with an increase in governorships from three to six, gaining the states of Querétaro, Nuevo León and Aguascalientes for PAN for the first time.

In his legislative career, he was a Representative in the Legislative Assembly of the Federal District and Federal Deputy in the LV and LVIII Legislatures. As Coordinator of the Parliamentary Group, he submitted initiatives for the Consecutive Election of Legislators, the Civil Servants’ Responsibilities Act, as well as the Enabling Legislation of the Federal Government Information Access and Transparency Act.  In 2002, he was Chairman of the Political Coordinating Committee, where he fought for transparency in the management of funds by the House of Deputies. He proposed the creation of the Ministry of Public Health, the National Institute for Women, the Rural Financing Office and the Federal Mortgage Agency.

behind-the-scenes-RT2Throughout his career, Felipe Calderón has received many awards, such as the Mexico-United States Chamber of Commerce “NAFTA Congressional Leadership Award” and the “Águila CANACINTRA Legislative Merit Award” of the National Chamber of Industry.

At the international level, he was Vice Chairman of the Christian Democratic Organization of America and a member of “Future World Leaders” of the Global Economic Forum.

In 2003, he was Managing Director of Banco Nacional de Obras y Servicios Públicos, and later, he served as Minister of Energy. In the energy sector, he promoted the modernization of public companies, as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Petróleos Mexicanos, of the Governing Board of the Comisión Federal de Electricidad and the Governing Board of the Compañía Luz y Fuerza del Centro.

As a candidate for President of the Republic, Felipe Calderón prepared a governing plan based on the concept of Sustainable Human Development structured along 5 axes: the Rule of Law and public safety, a competitive economy that generates employment, equality of opportunity, sustainable development and effective democracy and responsible foreign policy.

During his Presidency, he has given priority to access to health care by the entire population. The process of increasing security in terms of health has been given unprecedented importance and has driven hospital infrastructure construction to the highest levels in the history of the country, with more than 2,000 projects in the first four years of the administration. The goal is to achieve universal health care before the end of the administration.

Similarly, specific emphasis has been placed on the development of infrastructure with the dual purpose of raising the quality of life of Mexicans and increasing the competitiveness of the Mexican economy. Investment in this category has reached historic levels of nearly 5% of GDP, which has been used to build and modernize roads, ports, airports, power plants, water systems, hospitals and schools throughout the country.

In 2009, in spite of the largest global economic crisis since the Great Depression, the government of President Calderón was able to temper its effects on the national economy, and in one year recover the jobs lost. In 2010, the highest employment rate in more than a decade was recorded.

about-president3The fight for security and building a lawful Mexico has been another priority of the government of President Calderón. The entire capacity of the Armed Forces and the Federal Police has been used to confront crime organizations in the areas most seriously affected areas. An unprecedented effort has been made to strength laws and security and justice institutions to make government action against crime more effective. In the same manner, various policies have been used to work to prevent crime and reconstruct the fabric of society.

In addition, Mexico has positioned itself as a global leader in the fight against the threat of climate change. As a result of President Calderón’s personal commitment in this area, the fight against climate change has become a Government policy and Mexico has become an international promoter of this effort, as was demonstrated in the successful organization of the COP 16 – CMP6 international conferences.

Through these and other actions, under the principle of Sustainable Human Development, the administration has worked every day to transform Mexico into a state based on the full rule of Law, equal opportunity, competitiveness and protection of the environment.

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