Baltazar Hinojosa Ochoa

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Baltazar Manuel Hinojosa Ochoa
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Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food.
Personal details
Born (1963-09-13) September 13, 1963 (age 54)
Brownsville, Texas, USA
Political party Institutional Revolutionary Party
Education Bachelor's degree
Alma mater Universidad de Monterrey

Baltazar Manuel Hinojosa Ochoa (born September 13, 1963) is a Mexican politician from the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), currently serving as Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food.. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the Universidad de Monterrey.

Political career[edit]

Hinojosa joined the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in 1981 and was a member of its National Political Council and Permanent Politics Commission. He also was a member of the PRI’s Political State Council in Tamaulipas and Municipal Political Counselor of the same party in Matamoros.[1]

He was also the General Director of the Trust for the League of Revolutionary Economists of the Mexican Republic (LER), as well as its finance secretary and its subsecretary of regional coordination for northern Mexico.[2]

In Mexico City, after receiving his degree, in his first public service position, he was a counselor of the General Office of Documentation, Analysis, and Evaluation of the Secretariat of Programming and Budget (es) There, he served as counselor and speaker for the Undersecretary of Development Planning's Political Economy Information Program, where he also served as chief of department in the Office of Planning Coordination.[1]

In 1985 he gave a course in macroeconomics and taught a seminar titled "Mexico’s Economic, Political, and Social Problems" at the Universidad Anáhuac.[1]

Later, he was chief of the Department of Budgets and Income in the office of the president of the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI). He was also its deputy budget director and a private secretary to the president of the INEGI.[1]

In 1988, Hinojosa coordinated advisors to the Presidency of the Programming and Budget Commission for the first period session of the LIV Legislature of the Mexican Congress.[1] Later, in the DICONSA-CONASUPO, he served as a submanager of Commercial Modernization.

From 1994 to 1996, he was a Federal Delegate of the SEDESOL in Coahuila, during which he also served as Technical Secretary of the State Committee for Development Planning (COPLADEC).[1] In 1997, he went on to take the position of Subsecretary of Expenses in the Coahuila state finance secretariat, where he remained until 1999. During these years, he was also a member of the Banobras Council in Coahuila.[1]

He served as Secretary of Social Development for the Government of Tamaulipas from April to December 2000, and in 2001, he rejoined the state cabinet as Secretary of Education, Culture, and Sport, a post he held until February 2003.[1] In between, he worked at PEMEX.[1]

Federal deputy[edit]

He was chosen as a federal deputy for the Fourth Federal Electoral District of Tamaulipas for the LIX (2003-2004) and LXI (2009-2011) Legislatures, he became the recipient of a special award on behalf of the then-Secretary of Public Education, Dr. Reyes Tamez Guerra, during the VIII National Meeting of Educational Authorities carried out in April 2003, in San Luis Potosi.[3]

In the LIX Legislature, Hinojosa sat on the Budget and Public Account Commission, as well as the Finances and Public Credit Commission and the Special Commission for the Cuenca de Burgos Region. He participated actively in the integration of the Federation Spending Budget decrees, which included important measures to encourage greater transparency and efficiency in public spending, greater austerity in government spending, and federalism. During his term, more resources were allocated to the fishing and agriculture sector and to roads and highways. In April 2004, he formulated and presented before Congress the initiative for a new Federal Budget Law, which served as base for an enactment of the current Budget and Hacendaria Responsibility Federal Law.[4]

In the LXI Legislature, he sat on the same commissions as in the LIX Legislature, adding a post on the Committee for the Center for the Study of Public Finances.[1] He also served as president of the Mexico-UK and Mexico-Cuba Friendship Groups of the Chamber of Deputies and as the head of the PRI's Tamaulipas delegation.

Reform to the Third Constitutional Article and the Obligation of Medium-Superior Education[edit]

In April 2010, he presented an initiative for reform to the Constitutional Articule 3 of the Magna Carta, to make Medium-Superior Education obligatory nationwide, which was approved by both chambers of Congress in a unanimous vote and enacted in February 2012.[5][6]

Municipal president of Matamoros[edit]

In late 2004, Hinojosa was elected as the municipal president of Matamoros, Tamaulipas from 2005 to 2007;[1] the campaign was marked by eligibility concerns, as dueling birth certificates circulated: one showed Hinojosa as being born across the border in Brownsville, Texas, which would have made him ineligible for the position, while the other listed him as being born in Matamoros.[7] His administration focused on strengthening urban infrastructure and sustainable development, improving the image of the city, consolidating cultural institutions, supporting education, and fostering economic development.

During his administration, he received from the President Vicente Fox the Habitat Award for 2006 for the design and operation of the Regional Sanitary Landfill for Matamoros, which was evaluated by the Center of Economic Investigation and Teaching (CIDE).[8]

Likewise, in 2007, the public municipal debt was paid off, leaving the next administration debt-free. That year, he was named, along with the mayor of Brownsville, Texas, as a Distinguished Border Leader, an award received from Nancy Pelosi in Washington.[1]

Director in Chief of ASERCA[edit]

On December 10, 2012, he was named Director in Chief of the Service Agency for the Commercializing and Development of the Fishing and Agricultural Markets (ASERCA), a decentralized subsidiary of SAGARPA (Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food) by Enrique Martínez y Martínez, under the instruction of President Enrique Pena Nieto.[9] Hinojosa Ochoa left ASERCA on February 28, 2015.

PRI CEN Organization Secretary[edit]

On April 23, 2015, he was named Secretary of Organization for the National Executive Committee of the Institutional Revolutionary Party.[10]

Return to the Chamber of Deputies[edit]

The PRI placed Hinojosa Ochoa on its list of proportional representation deputies from the second electoral region, sending him back to the Chamber of Deputies, this time in the LXIII Legislature, for a third term. Between September 2015 and January 2016, he was the president of the Budget and Public Accounts Commission and also served on the Finances and Public Credit Commission.[1]

During his tenure, along all of his fellow disputes from the PRI, Baltazar voted against the "Ley 3 de 3 (Law 3 of 3)". A law that would have obligated every politician to declare three things: make an obligatory public patrimonial declaration, interests declaration, and fiscal. The purpose of such annual declarations, would have made corruption harder to hide. A light version of the law was accepted but it doesn't require politicians to declare on any of the instances stated above.[11][12] While it was completely legal for Baltazar and the other deputies from the PRI, to vote against such law, some news media outlets interpreted the votes against the promulgation of such law as the political party protecting itself from the findings that could surface if such declarations were to be made.[13][14]

2016 gubernatorial campaign[edit]

Effective January 27, 2016, Hinojosa Ochoa took leave from the Chamber of Deputies in order to pursue the governorship of Tamaulipas as the PRI candidate. He lost to Francisco Javier García Cabeza de Vaca of the PAN, who obtained a majority and became the first non-PRI governor of Tamaulipas in 86 years.[15] Hinojosa Ochoa picked up 36 percent of the vote.[16]

2018 Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food.[edit]

On April 4, 2018, President Enrique Peña Nieto appointed Baltazar Hinojosa Ochoa Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food.


Baltazar Hinojosa is afflicted with Guillain–Barré syndrome, an autoimmune disease which has forced him on at least one occasion to be hospitalized in Texas.[17]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m SIL Profile: Baltazar Hinojosa Ochoa (LXIII Legislature)
  2. ^ "Baltazar Hinojosa es candidato a Diputado Federal". Punto Cardinal. 2015-02-28. Retrieved 2016-08-10. 
  3. ^ Ganó Baltazar Hinojosa; ya le toca a Tamaulipas
  4. ^ Gaceta Parlamentaria dela Cámara de Diputados de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos, #1476-I, April 15, 2004
  5. ^ Educación media superior, obligatoria por ley: Baltazar Hinojosa
  6. ^ Diario Oficial de la Federación de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos del 9 de febrero de 2012
  7. ^ Espinoza, J. Noel (2004-11-13). "Matamoros mayoral race mired in controversy". Brownsville Herald. Retrieved 2016-08-10. 
  8. ^ Premio Hábitat 2006
  9. ^ Velásquez, Liliana (2012-12-10). "Nuevo Titular en ASERCA, Baltazar Hinojosa Ochoa". Arriba El Campo. Retrieved 2016-08-10. 
  10. ^ "Baltazar Hinojosa asume cargo en CEN del PRI". Milenio. 2015-04-23. Retrieved 2016-08-10. 
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  15. ^ González Antonio, Héctor (2016-06-12). "El abanderado de Acción Nacional fue acreditado como gobernador electo de Tamaulipas". Excélsior. Retrieved 2016-06-29. 
  16. ^ "Admite derrota el priista Baltazar Hinojosa; en riesgo, registro del PRD en Tamaulipas". Proceso. 2016-06-06. Retrieved 2016-08-10. 
  17. ^ "Hospitalizan en Texas a Baltazar Hinojosa Ochoa". 2013-02-13. Retrieved 2016-08-10. 

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