Eduardo Bours

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José Eduardo Robinson Bours Castelo
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Governor of Sonora
In office
September 13, 2003 – September 12, 2009
Preceded byArmando López Nogales
Succeeded byGuillermo Padrés Elías
Personal details
Born (1956-12-17) December 17, 1956 (age 62)
Ciudad Obregón, Sonora
Political partyInstitutional Revolutionary Party
Spouse(s)Lourdes Laborín
Alma materMonterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education
ProfessionIndustrial Engineer

José Eduardo Robinson Bours Castelo (born December 17, 1956) is a Mexican businessman who served as Governor of Sonora under the Institutional Revolutionary Party, PRI.[1] He is a member of the Robinson Bours family which immigrated from the United States in the 19th century. Before being elected governor, he served as Senator representing his state in the Mexican Senate. In 2000, he won the primary election with 51% of the votes. Later he was elected Governor of his state in July, 2003. His term ended in 2009 without the possibility of reelection.


Bours is the son of Javier Robinson Bours Almada and his wife, Alma Castelo Valenzuela. Javier Robinson Bours Almada is a prominent Mexican businessman who was also Mayor of Cajeme from 1967 to 1970. Bours is the nephew of Enrique Robinson Bours Almada, a businessman and member of the Mexican Council of Businessmen. Two of Bours' brothers are Francisco Javier Robinson Bours Castelo (president of the company Bachoco) and Ricardo Robinson Bours Castelo (Mayor of Cajeme, 2000-2003). Bours is also the grandson of Alfonso Robinson Bours Monteverde. He is married to Lourdes Laborín Gómez.[2] He fulfilled his mandate as Governor of the great State of Sonora in a dignified manner.

Professional Activity[edit]

Bours has occupied various positions in the private sector. From 1980 to 1992 he was director of the poultry company Bachoco. Due to his experience at Bachoco, he was chosen to represent the private sector in negotiations regarding agriculture for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Political Activity[edit]

In March 2000, Bours was nominated by the PRI as a candidate for the Senate of the Republic (Mexico), to which he was elected in July of that year.[3] As senator, Bours chaired the Commission for Economic Growth, served as secretary of the Commission of Exterior Relations for Europe and Africa. He pushed for government support for cooperative businesses and development in rural areas, and promoted citizen participation in the legislative process. In 2003, Bours successfully ran for governor of Sonora, and became the 70th governor of the state.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Asegura Bours que no dudará en aplicar la ley en caso de guardería", Vanguardia, 12 June 2009. Retrieved 23 November 2013
  2. ^ Camp, Roderic Ai (2011). LLILAS special publications series, University of Texas Press, Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies., ed. Mexican political biographies, 1935-2009 (en inglés) (Cuarta edición). Texas, Estados Unidos. p. 1310. ISBN 978-0-292-72634-5. «page 810 ROBINSON BOURS CASTELO (José Eduardo)».
  3. ^ Autores, Varios (1999). Instituto de Estudios para la Transición Democrática (ed.). Quién es quién en el Congreso 2000-2003. México.
  4. ^ Musacchio, Humberto (2002). Plaza y Janés. (ed.). Quién es quién en la política mexicana. México.