Mario López Valdez

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Mario López Valdez
Governor of Sinaloa
In office
January 1, 2011 – December 31 2016
Preceded by Jesús Aguilar Padilla
Succeeded by Quirino Ordaz Coppel
Personal details
Born (1957-01-18)January 18, 1957
Cubiri de la Loma, Sinaloa
Political party National Action Party

Mario López Valdez (born January 18, 1957 in Cubiri de la Loma, Sinaloa), popularly known as Malova, is a Mexican businessman and politician, a member of the National Action Party. He was a senator of the state of Sinaloa from 2006 to 2010 and municipal president of Ahome Municipality from 2002 to 2004. He was the Governor of Sinaloa,[1] from 2011 to 2016.


Mario López Valdez is an accounting graduate of the Technological Institute of Los Mochis (ITLM). In 1984, he founded the MALOVA hardware store chain.[2]

Political career[edit]

In 2002, López Valdez was elected municipal president of Ahome Municipality, whose capital is Los Mochis. In 2005 Governor Jesús Aguilar Padilla appointed him secretary of Planning and Development in the state government. He was elected in 2006 as the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) candidate for the Mexican Senate, where he served on the Regional Development and the Environment, Natural Resources and Fisheries, and Agriculture and Water Resources commissions. On March 19, 2010, he resigned his membership of the PRI to run as candidate for governor of Sinaloa for the PAN. He was elected July 4, 2010, defeating PRI candidate Jesús Vizcarra Calderón, a wealthy businessman and Culiacán municipal president who had been linked to local drug traffickers, including Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada.[3]

As governor, López Valdez has been accused of corruption and links to organized crime.[4][5] In July 2014, he supported a bill that barred journalists from covering crime and public safety stories. However, López Valdez pledged to repeal the law just a few days after its unanimous passage in the state legislature, following a national outcry.[6]


  1. ^ "Gov. of drug-plagued Mexico state send kids abroad". Angola Press. November 25, 2011. Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ferretería MALOVA: Historia". Ferretería MALOVA. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  3. ^ Wilkinson, Tracy; Ellingwood, Ken (4 July 2010). "Suspicions of drug ties don't hurt candidates". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  4. ^ Johnson, Tim (27 February 2014). "On drug lord’s Mexican turf, lines blur among cops, pols, cartel". McClatchy DC News. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  5. ^ Valdez Cárdenas, Javier (6 April 2014). "Los ataques al Noroeste, responsabilidad del gobernador: desplegado de accionistas". La Jornada. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  6. ^ Tucker, Duncan (8 August 2014). "Mexican governor backtracks on state censorship after media outcry". Latin Correspondent. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 

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Preceded by
Jesús Alberto Aguilar Padilla
Governor of Sinaloa
Succeeded by
Quirino Ordaz Coppel