Margarita Zavala

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Margarita Zavala de Calderón
Margarita Zavala De Calderon.jpg
First Lady of Mexico
In office
December 1, 2006 – November 30, 2012
Preceded by Marta Sahagún
Succeeded by Angélica Rivera
Personal details
Born Margarita Esther Zavala Gómez del Campo
(1967-07-25) July 25, 1967 (age 48)
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
Occupation Lawyer
Religion Roman Catholicism

Margarita Zavala (Spanish pronunciation: [marɣaˈɾita saˈβala]; born Margarita Esther Zavala Gómez del Campo, July 25, 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.

Early life and personal life[edit]

She is the fifth of seven siblings: Diego Hildebrando, Mercedes, Pablo, Juan Ignacio, Rafael and Mónica. Her parents were lawyers. Margarita Zavala studied law at Escuela Libre de Derecho in Mexico City.

She married Felipe Calderón in January 1993. They have three children.


First Lady Zavala with First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama

She was a PAN deputy in 2006 in the LIX Legislature of the Mexican Congress.

Margarita's primary objective in the changing Mexican government was to help her newly elected husband run the educational programs throughout the country.[1]

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.

First Lady of Mexico[edit]

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. She is also a high-school teacher at a private school.

Orders, awards and recognitions[edit]


Honorary titles
Preceded by
Marta Sahagún
First Lady of Mexico
Succeeded by
Angélica Rivera