Marco Lopez

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This article is about the American politician. For the American actor, see Marco Lopez (actor).
Marco Lopez
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Chief of Staff of U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Assumed office
January 21, 2009
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Thad Bingel
Director of the Arizona Department of Commerce
In office
January 6, 2008 – January 20, 2009
Governor Janet Napolitano
Preceded by Jan Lesher
Succeeded by Kent Ennis (Acting)
Personal details
Born (1978-04-07) April 7, 1978 (age 36)
Nogales, Mexico
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of Arizona
Religion Roman Catholicism

Marco Antonio Lopez (born April 7, 1978) is an Arizona politician. He has served in both elected and non-elected public offices, including Mayor of Nogales, Arizona, Executive Director of the Arizona-Mexico Commission, Policy Adviser to Governor Janet Napolitano for Mexico and Latin America, and Senior Adviser for International Affairs to the Governor. Born in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, and raised in Nogales, Arizona, United States, he graduated from the University of Arizona. Lopez served at the Arizona State Capitol as Director of the Arizona Department of Commerce appointed by Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano. With the Homeland Security Nomination made for Napolitano. Lopez was appointed to serve as the Chief of Staff for United Customs and Border Protection. This position he currently serves.

Political career[edit]

In December 2003, Lopez was appointed by Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano as the Executive Director of the Arizona-Mexico Commission. Later, he was designated as state Policy Adviser for Latin America, which is a Cabinet-level division of the Governor's office responsible for overseeing and coordinating all international Latin American affairs for the State of Arizona. In late 2006 Governor Napolitano promoted Lopez to be her Senior Adviser where he advised her on the State's political relationship with other countries and Arizona's trade relationship with Mexico, Canada, Europe, the Asia-Pacific, and Japan. In late 2008, Lopez was appointed by Napolitano to serve as Director of the Arizona Department of Commerce, overseeing the state's economic development efforts and managing Arizona's investment policies.

Political Prospects[edit]

Lopez has stated publicly that he would like to be Governor of Arizona by the time he is 40 years old.


Lopez earned a Bachelors degree in liberal studies and political science from the University of Arizona.

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