Humberto Moreira

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Humberto Moreira
President of the Institutional Revolutionary Party
In office
March 4, 2011 – December 2, 2011
Preceded by Beatriz Paredes Rangel
Succeeded by Cristina Díaz
26th Governor of Coahuila
In office
December 1, 2005 – January 4, 2011
Preceded by Enrique Martínez y Martínez
Succeeded by Jorge Torres López
Mayor of Saltillo
In office
January 1, 2003 – June 15, 2005
Preceded by Óscar Pimentel González
Succeeded by Fernando de las Fuentes
Personal details
Born (1966-07-28) July 28, 1966 (age 48)
Saltillo, Coahuila
Political party Institutional Revolutionary Party
Spouse(s) Vanessa Guerrero Martínez
Profession Educator

Humberto Moreira Valdés (born 28 July 1966) is a Mexican politician who served as President of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). He was Governor of the State of Coahuila from 2005 to 2011.

Early life[edit]

Moreira was born in Saltillo, Coahuila. He graduated in 1985, from the Meritorious Escuela Normal de Coahuila obtaining his degree as a Professor of Primary Education. Graduated with a B.A. in Middle School Education, from the Escuela Normal Superior de Coahuila, specializing in Social Sciences. Numerous Diplomas: Diploma of Political Analysis, from the Universidad Iberoamericana, Diploma of Public Policy, from the Instituto Nacional de Administración Pública, Diploma of Applied Community Sociology, from the Universidad Iberoamericana.

Career in Education[edit]

In 1985, Moreira began his teaching career as a professor in the Technical Secondary School Abel Suárez de León. In 1988, he moved to Mexico City where he continued his professional career by occupying low level positions in the Secretariat of Public Education as: Professor in the Center for Investigation and Professional Development of Educators, Chief of the Department of Human Resources in the General Directive offices for Normal School Education and Teacher Training, Private Secretary for the General Director of the Department of Education and Teacher Training, Director of Connecting Links between the Federative Entities of the Emerging Program for Teacher Training, and Private Secretary for the Undersecretary of Primary Education.

In 1994, was appointed as: Delegate in Coahuila of the National Council for the Promotion of Education, Delegate in Coahuila of the National Institute for Adult Education, and then he was appointed the Secretary of Public Education for the State of Coahuila from 1999 to 2002.

Political career[edit]

Mayor of Saltillo[edit]

He served as Mayor of the City of Saltillo, from January 1, 2003 to June 15, 2005.

Governor of Coahuila[edit]

On July 17, 2005 is designated as candidate of his party (PRI) for the Government of Coahuila and on September 25, 2005, Moreira was elected Governor of the State of Coahuila, by obtaining record votes and winning in a landslide.

On December 1, 2005, he took office as Governor of the State of Coahuila de Zaragoza serving as Governor for the 2005-2011 term.

His administration adopted as official motto "The Government of the People."

President of PRI[edit]

He held the Governorship of the State of Coahuila until 3 January 2011, when the Congress of Coahuila granted license status to participate in the process of renewing the national leadership of the PRI.

On 8 January 2011, the National Commission for Internal Processes record gave him the constance of majority of votes and named him president-elect.[1]

On 4 March 2011, he took office as the President of the Institutional Revolutionary Party succeeding Beatriz Paredes Rangel.

In early June, he was involved in a controversy due to an underling of his suddenly becoming a rich man in the USA. As of 23 August, it was revealed that during his administration, the debt of the state increased more than hundred-fold, amidst allegations of opacity in the management of public finances. Debt increased from around 200 million to 35 billion dollars in just five years, which in addition to the misinformation surrounding the amount owed (previously stated as being 700 million dollars) led to Coahuila's credit rating being downgraded by Standard & Poor's from A+ to BBB-, a decline of six levels.[2] It has been confirmed that apocryphal documentation was issued to get the loans and that he was aware and actively participating when credits were granted to the State using fake documentation (which is a crime in Mexico).

According to the newspaper Milenio, the PGR does not currently have enough evidence to charge Moreira; however, the PGR has not confirmed this publicly.[3]


As Governor of Coahuila, Moreira increased the state's debt from $27 million to $2.8 billion, which forced Moreira’s resignation. The interim governor, Jorge Torres López, was charged with money laundering and other financial crimes in the state of Texas. After his resignation he retired to Barcelona, Spain, to pursue a master's degree in education. Moreira has not been charged.

In December, 2012, Moreira was named by Forbes as one of "The 10 Most Corrupt Mexicans in 2013" [4] a title he has accused as libel.

Private life[edit]

His parents are Rubén Moreira and Evangelina Valdés. He married three times and is father of five children: José Eduardo, Rubén Humberto, Alba Elena, Joaquín Felipe and Vanessa Lucìa. His elder son, José Eduardo, was killed on October 3, 2012, at 26 years of age.[5]


  1. ^ Humberto Moreira, tercer coahuilense que preside al PRI
  2. ^ Gomez, Adriana. "Mexico's old ruling PRI hits bumps in rebranding". Associated Press. Retrieved 6 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Rubén, Mosso (22 November 2012). "Exculpa PGR a Humberto Moreira de deuda ilegal". Milenio (in Spanish). Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Forbes, 2013 "The 10 Most Corrupt Mexicans in 2013" |url=
  5. ^ "Muere en atentado hijo del ex gobernador de Coahuila, Humberto Moreira". Milenio (in Spanish). 3 October 2012. Archived from the original on 4 October 2012. Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Beatriz Paredes Rangel
President of the Institutional Revolutionary Party
4 March 2011 – 2 December 2011
Succeeded by
Cristina Díaz
Preceded by
Enrique Martínez y Martínez
Governor of Coahuila
Succeeded by
Jorge Torres López
Preceded by
Óscar Pimentel González
Mayor of Saltillo
Succeeded by
Ismael Eugenio Ramos Flores