Guillermo Padrés Elías

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Guillermo Padrés Elías
Guillermo Padrés Elías by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Governor of Sonora
In office
September 13, 2009 – September 12, 2015
Preceded by José Eduardo Robinson-Bours Castelo
Succeeded by Claudia Artemisa Pavlovich Arellano
Personal details
Born (1969-06-29) June 29, 1969 (age 47)
Arizpe, Sonora
Political party National Action Party
Alma mater Universidad Humanitas

Guillermo Padrés Elías (born June 29, 1969 in Arizpe, Mexico but raised in Cananea, Mexico) is a Mexican politician and a member of the Partido Acción Nacional ("National Action Party", PAN). He served as Governor of Sonora from 2009 to 2015.

As of October 2016, Guillermo Padrés remains a fugitive and is currently wanted by the Procuraduría General de la República (Federal Attorney General) and is being actively searched in over 190 countries with the assistance of Interpol on charges of corruption, extortion, and embezzlement.[1]

Political career[edit]

Padres' political career began in 1997 when he was elected to the Congress of Sonora as State Representative for the 7th electoral district[2] with 61% of the vote.[3] In 2000, he was elected Representative for the 2nd Federal District in the LVIII Legislature[2] with 50.35% of the votes,[4] and served until 2003.

In 2006, he was elected to the Senate representing Sonora. His party received 44% of the vote.[5] As Senator, he served as Chairman of the Agriculture and Livestock Committee, and served on the Justice Committee and Water Resources Committee.[citation needed]

On January 16, 2008, he announced his intention to run for Governor Sonora in the 2009 elections.[6] On March 1, 2009 he won the first day of PAN elections in Sonora, with 2,625 votes against 1,709 for María Dolores del Rio and 477 for Florencio Diaz Armenta. The following day, María Dolores del Rio[7] and Florencio Diaz Armenta withdrew,[8] leaving Padrés as the sole candidate.

Governor of Sonora[edit]

In the gubernatorial election of July 5, 2009, Padrés Elías defeated the candidate of the Partido Revolucionario Institucional ("Institutional Revolutionary Party", PRI), Alfonso Elías Serrano, with 464,865 votes for Padrés Elías against 425,050 votes for Elías Serrano;[9] however, the PRI challenged the election results. On August 17, the State Electoral Tribunal rejected the challenge, and certified the election of Padrés Elías.[10] The PRI appealed to the Federal Electoral Tribunal, which on September 11 also rejected the challenge.[11] Padrés Elías served as Governor of Sonora from 2009 to 2015.

Criminal charges[edit]

He is currently wanted by the Federal Police and Interpol on multiple charges of corruption, embezzlement, and extortion.[12][13] In total, Padres transferred $8.9 million USD from Mexico to US bank accounts.[14]


  1. ^ Padrés enfrentará a la justicia: Ricardo Anaya. Excelsior. 1 October 2016.
  2. ^ a b Gerardo Moyano (2009-09-21). "Inicia Sonora era panista". Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  3. ^ Consejo Estatal Electoral del Estado de Sonora. "Proceso electoral Sonora 1996-1997. Diputados locales". Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  4. ^ Instituto Federal Electoral. "Elección de Diputados Federales por el principio de mayoría relativa. Estado de Sonora". Retrieved 2009-09-12. 
  5. ^ Instituto Federal Electoral. "Resultados Elección de Senadores por el principio de mayoría relativa. Estado de Sonora". Retrieved 2009-09-12. 
  6. ^ ""Con todas mis fuerzas" buscaré ser gobernador de Sonora:Padrès Elìas". Dossier Político. 16 January 2008. Archived from the original on February 17, 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-27. 
  7. ^ Marcelo Beyliss (2 March 2009). "Ex alcaldesa de Hermosillo se retira de contienda por candidatura". El Universal. Retrieved 2009-11-12. 
  8. ^ Virginia de Viana (2 March 2009). "Declina Florencio Díaz a precandidatura". El Imparcial. Archived from the original on June 9, 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-12. 
  9. ^ Consejo Estatal Electoral del Estado de Sonora. "Elección gobernador, 2009" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-09-12. 
  10. ^ Ulises Gutiérrez Ruelas (17 August 2009). "Valida TEE triunfo del PAN en comicios para gobernador en Sonora". La Jornada. Archived from the original on August 21, 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-12. 
  11. ^ Susana Hernández (11 September 2009). "Ratifica el TEPJF el triunfo de Guillermo Padrés en Sonora". Milenio Diario. Retrieved 2009-09-12. [dead link]
  12. ^ In political surprise, Sonoran official charged with extortion. Arizona Daily Star. February 16, 2016.
  13. ^ "¿De qué acusan a Padrés, exgobernador de Sonora?". El Universal (in Spanish). 12 Octubre 2016. Retrieved 2016-10-15.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  14. ^ Mexico Investigating Opposition Governor of Sonora. Jose de Cordoba. The Wall Street Journal. March 5, 2015.
Preceded by
Eduardo Bours
Governor of Sonora
2009 - 2015
Succeeded by
Claudia Pavlovich Arellano
Preceded by
Carlos Villalobos Organista
Senator for Sonora
First formula

2006 - 2008
Succeeded by
Emma Lucía Larios Gaxiola
Preceded by
Héctor Mayer Soto
Federal Deputy for
District II in Sonora

2000 - 2003
Succeeded by
Fermín Trujillo Fuentes