Olga Sánchez Cordero

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Olga Sánchez Cordero
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President of the Senate
In office
1 September 2021 – 30 August 2022
Preceded byEduardo Ramírez Aguilar
Succeeded byAlejandro Armenta Mier
Secretary of the Interior of Mexico
In office
1 December 2018 – 26 August 2021
PresidentAndrés Manuel López Obrador
Preceded byAlfonso Navarrete Prida
Succeeded byAdán Augusto López
Senator of Mexico
Proportional representation
Assumed office
26 August 2021
Preceded byJesusa Rodríguez
In office
1 September 2018 – 29 November 2018
Succeeded byJesusa Rodríguez
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation
In office
26 January 1995 – 30 November 2015
Appointed byErnesto Zedillo
Preceded bySeat established
Succeeded byNorma Lucía Piña Hernández
Personal details
Olga María del Carmen Sánchez Cordero Dávila

(1947-07-16) 16 July 1947 (age 75)
Mexico City, Mexico
Political partyNational Regeneration Movement
SpouseEduardo García Villegas
EducationNational Autonomous University of Mexico (LLB)

Olga María del Carmen Sánchez Cordero Dávila (born 16 July 1947) is a Mexican politician and former jurist. She was the Secretary of the Interior of Mexico,[1] and the first woman to ever hold this position. She previously served as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation, Mexico's highest federal court, from 26 January 1995 to 30 November 2015.[2] She currently serves as a Senator and was President of the Senate of the Republic from 2021 to 2022.


Born in Mexico City, Sánchez Cordero studied law at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Sánchez Cordero was the first female notary public in Mexico City. She was appointed Minister (Associate Justice) of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) by Ernesto Zedillo and confirmed by the Senate on 26 January 1995. She was the ninth woman to hold a seat on the SCJN. She left on 30 November 2015.[3]

In December 2017, Andrés Manuel López Obrador released his proposed cabinet listing and had Sánchez Cordero as his pick for Secretary of Interior.[4]

She was a Senator in Mexico's LXIV Legislature of the Mexican Congress from September 1, 2018 until López Obrador's inauguration on December 1, 2018, when she took office as Secretary of Interior. This made her the first woman to ever hold this position.

Political views[edit]

The Economist describes her as a "social liberal ... European-style social democrat."[5] She has announced her intention to propose decriminalization of recreational marijuana.[6] She also intends to decriminalize abortion throughout the country.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Olga Sánchez Cordero is married to Eduardo García Villegas and has three children.[8]

She reported income of MXN $10,688,288 in 2019, including her salary of MXN $1,914,432 plus investments.[9]


  1. ^ Glawe, Justin (8 January 2019). "Migrants' Message to Trump: 'We Don't Care' What You Do Next". Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  2. ^ Dillon, Sam (25 August 2000). "Mexico Court Makes History By Siding With Congress". The New York Times. p. 3. Retrieved 2 May 2011.
  3. ^ Aranda, Jesús. "Juan N. Silva Meza y Olga Sánchez Cordero, "mancuerna de jueces por la libertad"". La Jornada. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Presenta AMLO Gabinete para Presidencia 2018-2024 #GabineteAMLO – AMLO". lopezobrador.org.mx. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  5. ^ The Economist March 16–22, 2019, p.31
  6. ^ Angell, Tom (3 July 2018). "Where Mexico's Next President Stands On Marijuana". Marijuana Moment. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Próximo gobierno buscará la despenalización del aborto en todo el país". SDPnoticias. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  8. ^ "El perfil de Olga Sánchez Cordero (parte I)". RSVP. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Olga Sánchez Cordero aumentó su patrimonio cinco veces por encima de su sueldo como secretaria de Estado". infobae (in European Spanish). Infobae. 22 June 2020. Retrieved 27 January 2021.