Cabinet of Mexico

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The cabinet of Mexico is the Executive Cabinet (Spanish: Gabinete Legal) and is a part of the executive branch of the Mexican government. It consists of nineteen Secretaries of State and the Legal Counsel of the Federal Executive.

In addition to the legal Executive Cabinet there are other Cabinet-level administration offices that report directly to the President of the Republic (Gabinete Ampliado). Officials from the legal and extended Cabinet (Gabinete Legal y Ampliado) are subordinate to the President.

Constitutional and legal basis[edit]

Cabinet Officers of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (left) and of Enrique Peña Nieto (right).
Meeting of the cabinet of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto

The term "Cabinet" does not appear in the Constitution, where reference is made only to the Secretaries of State. Article 89 of the Constitution provides that the President of Mexico can appoint and remove Secretaries of State.

The Executive Cabinet does not play a collective legislative or executive role (as do the Cabinets in parliamentary systems). The main interaction that Cabinet members have with the legislative branch are regular testimonials before Congressional committees to justify their actions, and coordinate executive and legislative policy in their respective fields of jurisdiction.

Secretary selection process[edit]

Cabinet members are freely appointed by the President, except for the Secretary of the Treasury and the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, whose appointments must be approved by the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate respectively.

Cabinet Secretaries are often selected from past and current governors, senators, and other political office holders. Private citizens such as businessmen or former military officials are also common Cabinet choices.

It is not rare for a Secretary to be moved from one Secretariat to another. For example, former Secretary of Energy Fernando Canales Clariond had previously served as Secretary of Economy and former Secretary of Education Josefina Vázquez Mota had previously served as Secretary of Social Development.

Cabinet and Cabinet-level officials[edit]


Department Title Incumbent Image In Office since
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Secretariat of the Interior
(Spanish: Secretaría de Gobernación)
Secretary of the Interior
(Spanish: Secretaria de Gobernación)
Adán Augusto López
(b. 1963)
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Secretariat of Foreign Affairs
(Spanish: Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores)
Secretary of Foreign Affairs
(Spanish: Secretario de Relaciones Exteriores)
Marcelo Ebrard
(b. 1959)
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Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit
(Spanish: Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público)
Secretary of Finance
(Spanish: Secretario de Hacienda)
Arturo Herrera Gutiérrez
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Secretariat of National Defense
(Spanish: Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional)
Secretary of Defense
(Spanish: Secretario de Defensa)
Luis Cresencio Sandoval
(b. 1960)
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Attorney General
(Spanish: Fiscalía General de la República)
Attorney General
(Spanish: Fiscal General de la República)
Alejandro Gertz Manero
(b. 1939)
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December 1, 2018
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Secretariat of Navy
(Spanish: Secretaría de Marina)
Secretary of Navy
(Spanish: Secretario de Marina)
José Rafael Ojeda Durán
(b. 1954)
December 1, 2018
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Secretariat of Security and Civilian Protection
(Spanish: Secretaría de Seguridad y Protección Ciudadana)
Secretary of Security
(Spanish: Secretario de Seguridad)
Alfonso Durazo
(b. 1954)
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Secretariat of Economy
(Spanish: Secretaría de Economia)
Secretary of Economy
(Spanish: Secretaria de Economía)
Graciela Márquez Colín
(b. 1963)
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Secretariat of Welfare
(Spanish: Secretaría de Bienestar)
Secretary of Welfare
(Spanish: Secretaria de Bienestar)
María Luisa Albores González
(b. 1976)
December 1, 2018
Secretariat of the Civil Service
Spanish: Secretaría de la Función Pública
Secretary of the Civil Service
Spanish: Secretaria de la Función Pública
Irma Sandoval-Ballesteros
(b. 1972)
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Secretariat of Communications and Transportation
(Spanish: Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes)
Secretary of Communications
(Spanish: Secretario de Comunicaciones)
Javier Jiménez Espriú
(b. 1937)
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Secretariat of Labor and Social Welfare
(Spanish: Secretaría del Trabajo y Previsión Social)
Secretary of Labor
(Spanish: Secretaria del Trabajo)
Luisa María Alcalde Luján
(b. 1987)
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Secretariat of the Environment and Natural Resources
(Spanish: Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales)
Secretary of Environment
(Spanish: Secretaria de Medio Ambiente)
Josefa González Blanco Ortíz Mena
(b. 1965)
Josefa González-Blanco Ortiz-Mena (retrato).jpg December 1, 2018
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Secretariat of Energy
(Spanish: Secretaría de Energía)
Secretary of Energy
(Spanish: Secretaria de Energía)
Rocío Nahle García
(b. 1964)
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Secretariat of Agriculture and Rural Development
(Spanish: Secretaría de Agricultura y Desarrollo Rural)
Secretary of Agriculture
(Spanish: Secretario de Agricultura)
Víctor Manuel Villalobos Arámbula
(b. 1950)
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Secretariat of Public Education
(Spanish: Secretaría de Educación Pública)
Secretary of Education
(Spanish: Secretario de Educación)
Esteban Moctezuma
(b. 1954)
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Secretariat of Health
(Spanish: Secretaría de Salud)
Secretary of Health
(Spanish: Secretario de Salud)
Jorge Alcocer Varela
(b. 1946)
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Secretariat of Tourism
(Spanish: Secretaría de Turismo)
Secretary of Tourism
(Spanish: Secretaria de Turismo)
Miguel Torruco Marqués
(b. 1951)
Miguel Torruco Marqués - Secretaría de Turismo (7219854100).jpg December 1, 2018
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Secretariat of Agrarian, Land, and Urban Development
Spanish: Secretaría de Desarrollo Agrario, Territorial y Urbano
Secretary of Agrarian Development and Urban Planning
Spanish: Secretario de Desarrollo Agrario, Territorial y Urbano
Román Meyer Falcón
(b. 1983)
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Secretariat of Culture
Spanish: Secretaría de Cultura
Secretary of Culture
Spanish: Secretaria de Cultura
Alejandra Frausto Guerrero Alejandra Frausto 2019.jpg December 1, 2018
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Legal Counsel of the Federal Executive
Spanish: Consejería Jurídica del Ejecutivo Federal
Legal Advisor
Spanish: Consejero Jurídico
Julio Scherer Ibarra Julio Scherer Ibarra (retrato).jpg December 1, 2018

Cabinet-level administration offices[edit]

Meeting of the cabinet of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto

Some positions are not part of the legal Executive Cabinet, but have cabinet-level rank therefore their incumbents are considered members of the extended cabinet (Gabinete ampliado).

Some of the cabinet-level administration offices are:

Department Title Incumbent Image in Office since
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National System for Integral Family Development
(Spanish: Desarrollo Integral de la Familia)
Director of National System for Integral Family Development
(Spanish: Director del Desarrollo Integral de la Familia)
December 1, 2018
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National Institute for Women
(Spanish: Instituto Nacional para las Mujeres)
President of the National Institute for Women
(Spanish: Presidente del Instituto Nacional para las Mujeres)
Lorena Cruz Sánchez January 2013
National Commission of Sport
(Spanish: CONADE)
President of CONADE
(Spanish: Presidente del CONADE)
Ana Guevara December 1, 2018
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Chief of Staff
(Spanish: Presidencia de la Republica)
Chief of Staff
(Spanish: Jefe de la Presidencia)
Alfonso Romo Garza December 1, 2018
National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Peoples
(Spanish: Comision Nacional para el Desarrollo de los Pueblos Indigenas)
Commissioner for the Development of Indigenous Peoples
(Spanish: Comisionado para el desarrollo de pueblos indigenas.)
Roberto Serrano Altamirano No image.png 2018


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