|Margarita Zavala de Calderón|
Margarita Zavala, December 2015
|First Lady of Mexico|
December 1, 2006 – November 30, 2012
|Preceded by||Marta Sahagún|
|Succeeded by||Angélica Rivera|
|Born||Margarita Esther Zavala Gómez del Campo
July 25, 1967
Mexico City, Mexico
|Political party||Partido Acción Nacional|
|Spouse(s)||Felipe Calderón (m. 1993)|
|Children||María, Luis Felipe, Juan Pablo|
|Alma mater||Escuela Libre de Derecho|
Margarita Zavala de Calderón (Spanish pronunciation: [marɣaˈɾita saˈβala]; born Margarita Esther Zavala Gómez del Campo, 25 July 1967) is a Mexican lawyer and politician. She is the wife of the former President of Mexico Felipe Calderón and served as the First Lady of Mexico during her husband's tenure.
Margarita Zavala is the fifth of seven siblings: Diego Hildebrando, Mercedes, Pablo, Juan Ignacio, Rafael and Mónica. Her parents, Diego Zavala Pérez and Mercedes Gómez del Campo, were lawyers. She attended the Instituto Asunción, an academy run by nuns. Zavala studied law at the Escuela Libre de Derecho in Mexico City.
Zavala was a Deputy of the Legislative Assembly of the Federal District between 15 September 1994 and 14 September 1997. She was a PAN deputy in the LIX Legislature of the Mexican Congress (29 August 2003 to 29 August 2006).
Margarita's primary objective in the changing Mexican government was to help her newly elected husband run the educational programs throughout the country.
She was also a high-school teacher at the Instituto Asunción, her alma mater.
First Lady of Mexico
As the wife of Felipe Calderón, President of Mexico during 2006-2012, Margarita Zavala was considered "First Lady" although such function is not defined by the legal framework. She is the only wife of a Mexican president to have served in Congress. She served as president of the civic advisory board to the DIF, a government agency that promotes child and family development.
On 14 June 2015, Zavala released through her Twitter account a video where she announces her desire to run as a presidential candidate in 2018.
While attending the Guadalajara International Book Fair, she was asked for the three books that impacted her life (commonly asked to presidential candidates), to which she answered: the Bible, The Price of My Soul by Bernadette Devlin and Caudillos culturales en la Revolución Mexicana by Enrique Krauze.
After six years of dating, she married Felipe Calderón in January 1993. They have three children. Zavala is a devout Catholic.
Zavala became known for wearing rebozos, a traditional shawl.
Orders, awards and recognitions
- Order of Isabel the Catholic, Grand Cross, awarded by King Juan Carlos I of Spain on Felipe Calderón and Margarita Zavala State visit to Spain, June 6, 2008.
- Order of the Dannebrog, Grand Cross, awarded by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark on her state visit to Mexico, February 18, 2008.
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- Berman, Sabina. "La hora de Margarita (¿Y dónde ponemos a Felipe?)". Vanity Fair México. Retrieved 15 December 2015.
- Boletín Oficial del Estado
- Yo con México - Campaign website
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