JosefIna Vázquez Mota
Coordinator of the Parliamentary Group of the National Action Party (PAN in Spanish) in the Mexican Congress. Josefina Vázquez Mota was born in Mexico City in 1961. She is married and has three daughters. She studied at the Instituto Politécnico Nacional and completed a degree in Economics at Universidad Iberoamericana.
She has worked as a journalist since the 1990s, focusing on economic and social issues, and has also worked as a radio commentator. She is the author of the book ‘Dear God, make me a widow please’ which has sold more than 400,000 copies. In 2000, she was elected as Federal Deputy for the PAN party to the 58th Mexican Legislature of the Chamber of Deputies. She was Deputy Coordinator on economic policy for the PAN
grouping in the Chamber.
Between 2000 and 2006, Ms Vázquez Mota was Secretary for Social Development. Under her leadership, the social development programs Opportunities, the Strategy for Micro Regions and Habitat were strengthened. In January 2006, Felipe Calderón invited her to be part of his presidential campaign team as Chief Coordinator. After winning the election on July 2, 2006 and the confirmation of the result by the Electoral Tribunal on September 5th of that year, Ms Vázquez Mota became Coordinator of Political Liaison in the Transitional Office of the President-Elect.
Once in office, in December 2006 President Calderón appointed her Secretary for Public Education. In this capacity, Ms Vázquez Mota reinforced the evaluation mechanisms in place for public education, began the largest scholarships program for baccalaureates, signed and started the process of The Alliance for Quality Education, and reinforced support for all universities and higher education institutions throughout the country.