|Name||Felipe Calderón Hinojosa|
Morelia, Michoacan , Mexico
|| August 18, 1962
|Last Modifed||E Pluribus Unum|
Jun 29, 2020 08:46am
Hispanic - Anti-Euthanasia - Capitalist - Conservative - Anti Environment - Anti Marijuana Legalization - Anti-Gay Marriage - Anti-Labor - Pro Free Trade - Pro-Life - Pro-Smaller Government - Married - Catholic -
|Info||Felipe de Jesús Calderón Hinojosa is the son of Luis Calderón Vega and María del Carmen Hinojosa González. He received a bachelor's degree in law from the Escuela Libre de Derecho in Mexico City, has a master's degree in economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and a Master of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. |
He is married to Margarita Zavala, currently on leave of absence from her position as a PAN deputy, and has three children.
He was a local representative in the Legislative Assembly, and on two different occasions in the federal Chamber of Deputies. He ran for the governorship of Michoacán in 1995 and served as national president of the PAN from 1996 to 1999. During his tenure, his party maintained control of 14 state capitals but also lost presence in the federal chamber of deputies.
Soon after Vicente Fox took office as president, Calderón was appointed director of Banobras, a national development bank. Later on he joined the presidential cabinet as Secretary of Energy, substituting Ernesto Martens. He left the post in May 2004 as a protest against Vicente Fox's criticizing his presidential ambitions while supporting those of Santiago Creel.
Felipe Calderón was chosen as the PAN presidential candidate by members of his own party in a series of three primary elections at the end of 2005. In these elections, he defeated the former Secretary of the Interior, Santiago Creel, and the former Governor of Jalisco, Alberto Cárdenas by a comfortable margin.
On 2 July 2006, the day of the election, the Federal Electoral Institute (IFE) announced that the race was too close to call and chose not to make public a large and well-designed exit poll. However, as the preliminary results of the unofficial PREP database made clear the next morning, Felipe Calderon had a small lead which was confirmed July 6, 2006 by the IFE as the final vote count in the presidential election, resulting in a narrow margin of victory for Calderón over his closest contender, PRD candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador. López Obrador and his party allege irregularities in over 30% of the country's polling stations, and demanded a national recount of the election. However, the Federal Electoral Tribunal, in a unanimous vote, has declared such recount as impossible by law.
A devout, conservative Roman Catholic, Calderon opposes abortion, euthanasia, contraception, and gay rights. His proposed fiscal policies are conservative, as well; he supports a flat tax and free trade, particularly with the United States.