Luisa María Calderón
Luisa María de Guadalupe Calderón Hinojosa (born October 23, 1956 in Mexico City) is a Mexican politician affiliated to the National Action Party who served in the Senate of Mexico from 2000 until September 2006. She is currently senator-elect as a PAN proportional representative. Her term in the senate will begin in late 2012 through 2018. "Cocoa" (her nickname) is known as a champion for women and minority rights throughout Mexico.
She studied psychology at the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO) in Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, and has pursued graduate studies at the Universidad Iberoamericana.
Luisa María is a single mother.
Calderón joined the National Action Party in 1976. She served as a local deputy in the Congress of Michoacán from 1983 to 1986 and served in the federal Chamber of Deputies during the LIV Legislature. In 2000 she was elected via proportional representation to serve as a Senator during the LVIII Legislature and the LIX Legislature.
2011 Michoacan gubernatorial race
In 2011, Luisa Calderón ran for Governor of Michoacan in a highly contested race. Although she lost, the election was marred with accusations of corruption by the PRI and intimidation by narco-affiliated criminals. She was the candidate of the PAN-PANAL coalition. Calderón narrowly lost against PRI candidate Fausto Vallejo Y Figueroa by less that 3 percent of the votes  She had led most opinion polls prior to the election, which was held on November 13, 2011. Vallejo received 35% of the vote, while Calderon won 33% for second place. Calderón who led most opinion polls prior to the election,
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