Leonel Cota Montaño

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Leonel Cota

Leonel Cota Montaño (b. on April 23, 1958) is a Mexican politician. He is a former governor of Baja California Sur and former president of the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD). He was the first non-PRI governor of Baja California Sur.

Leonel Cota studied political sciences at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He began his political career as a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which he represented in the Chamber of Deputies from 1994 to 1996 and as mayor of La Paz, Baja California Sur, from 1997 to 1999.

In 1999 he lost the PRI candidacy for governor of Baja California Sur. He quit the PRI and instead ran for governor representing a coalition of the Party of the Democratic Revolution and the Labor Party (PT). He won the elections and served as governor from 1999 to 2005.

In 2005 Cota became president of the PRD with over 76% of the vote.

He would later shift to Nueva Alianza in a failed bid for the Municipal Presidency of Los Cabos. He would then revert to PRD, for the 2012 general elections, looking for a Senate seat. This makes PAN the only major Mexican political party to which he has not belonged.

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Preceded by
Guillermo Mercado Romero
Governor of Baja California Sur
1999—2005
Succeeded by
Narciso Agúndez
Preceded by
Leonel Godoy
President of the Party of the Democratic Revolution
2005—2008
Succeeded by
vacant