Demetrio Javier Sodi de la Tijera (born September 25, 1944 in Mexico City) is a Mexican politician who has served in the upper and lower house of Congress. In 2006 he unsuccessfully ran as the National Action Party (PAN), candidate for the Head of Government of the Federal District. He is the uncle of the popular actress and singer Thalía.
Political and professional career
Demetrio Sodi has been a member of the three main political parties in Mexico. From 1962 to 1975 he worked for Grupo Cifra. In 1977 he began to work in the public service. In 1988 he was elected an Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) deputy to serve during the LIV Legislature. In April 1994 he quit the PRI and in October 1997 he joined the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD). He served in the Legislative Assembly of the Federal District and in 1997 he was elected to serve in the federal Chamber of Deputies; then, in 2000 he was elected to the Senate and served during the LVIII Legislature and the LIX Legislature. He is a good example of a "Changer"; according with the political winds, he changes of ideology.
At the national level, he coordinated social support programs in Conasupo and was managing director of Diconsa stores, where he increased the number of stores between 1978 and 1982 from 3,200 to 16,000.
He was General Coordinator of Supplies and Food Distribution in the Federal District Department from 1982 to 1987.
In 1993 Sodi conceived, planned and organized members of all political parties and citizen organizations that participated and called up the first plebiscite to achieve more democracy in Mexico City by pressuring the federal government for establishing popular and democratic election of the Head of Government.
In October 2004 Sodi called for, along with Henry Davis, the creation of the Centro de Estudios para la Zona Metropolitana (Metropolitan Area research center), a civil association known as Metrópoli 2025 that currently brings together more than 200 scholars, researchers, businesspeople and politicians worried about the future of the Valley of Mexico.
Sodi was accused by his opponents of early campaigning: the official campaign had not officially started when he was running ads on radio and television and touring Mexico City to learn about the demands and needs of the inhabitants, especially the poorest, as senator.
- Demetrio Sodi, Candidato al gobierno de la Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal, official website
- Demetrio Sodi de la Tijera::Biografías::esmas, biography
- Sodi blog, blog
- Metrópoli 2025, official website of the civil association
- PAN-DF, official website of the National Action Party in the Federal District.
- El Universal Online, daily news from El Universal about Demetrio Sodi