Margarita Zavala

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Margarita Zavala de Calderón
Margarita Zavala De Calderon.jpg
First Lady of Mexico
In office
December 1, 2006 – November 30, 2012
Preceded by Marta Sahagún
Succeeded by Angélica Rivera
Personal details
Born Margarita Esther Zavala Gómez del Campo
(1967-07-25) July 25, 1967 (age 47)
Mexico City, Mexico
Spouse(s) Felipe Calderón (m. 1993)
Children Maria, Luis Felipe, Juan Pablo
Alma mater Escuela Libre de Derecho
Religion Roman Catholicism

Margarita Zavala (Spanish pronunciation: [marɣaˈɾita saˈβala]; born Margarita Esther Zavala Gómez del Campo, July 25, 1967) is the wife of the former Mexican President Felipe Calderón. She was a PAN deputy in 2006 in the LIX Legislature of the Mexican Congress.

Early life and personal life[edit]

She is the fifth of seven siblings: Diego, Mercedes, Pablo, Juan Ignacio, Rafael and Mónica. Her parents were lawyers. Margarita Zavala studied law at Escuela Libre de Derecho in Mexico City.

She married Felipe Calderón on January 1993. They have three children.

Margarita's primary objective in the changing Mexican government was to help her newly elected husband run the educational programs throughout the country.[1]

First Lady of Mexico[edit]

As the wife of Felipe Calderón, President of Mexico during 2006-2012, Margarita Zavala is considered "First Lady" although such function is not defined by the legal frame in Mexico. She is the only wife of a Mexican president to have served in Congress. She is president of the civic advisory board to the DIF, a government agency that promotes child and family development in Mexico. She is also a high-school teacher at a private school.

Orders, awards and recognitions[edit]


Honorary titles
Preceded by
Marta Sahagún
First Lady of Mexico
Succeeded by
Angelica Rivera