Ricardo Anaya

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Ricardo Anaya
Anaya in 2011
President of the National Action Party
In office
21 August 2015 – 9 December 2017
Preceded byGustavo Madero Muñoz
Succeeded byDamián Zepeda Vidales
In office
30 September 2014 – 20 January 2015
Preceded byGustavo Madero Muñoz
Succeeded byGustavo Madero Muñoz
Deputy of the Congress of the Union
In office
20 January 2015 – 30 June 2015
Preceded byAna Paola López Birlian
In office
1 September 2012 – 6 March 2014
Succeeded byAna Paola López Birlian
General Secretary of the National Action Party
In office
19 May 2014 – 30 September 2014
PresidentGustavo Madero Muñoz
Preceded byJorge Ocejo Moreno
Succeeded byFernando Álvarez Monje
President of the Chamber of Deputies
In office
1 September 2013 – 6 March 2014
Preceded byFrancisco Arroyo Vieyra
Succeeded byJosé González Morfin
Undersecretary of Tourism Plannig
In office
1 April 2011 – 31 January 2012
PresidentFelipe Calderón
Preceded byJacqueline Arzoz Padrés
Succeeded byJorge Mezher Race
President of the National Action Party in Queretaro
In office
27 February 2010 – 31 March 2011
Preceded byJose Edmundo Guajardo Treviño
Succeeded byGuillermo Vega Guerrero
Local deputy of the Congress of the State of Queretaro
In office
27 September 2009 – 31 March 2011
Succeeded byAdriana Cruz Dominguez
Personal details
Ricardo Anaya Cortés

(1979-02-25) 25 February 1979 (age 40)
Naucalpan de Juárez, Estado de Mexico, Mexico
Political partyNational Action Party
Other political
For Mexico to the Front (2017–present)
Spouse(s)Carolina Martinez
Alma materAutonomous University of Queretaro
University of the Valley of Mexico
National Autonomous University of Mexico

Ricardo Anaya Cortés (Spanish: [ɾiˈkaɾðo anˈaʝa koɾˈtes]; born 25 February 1979) is a Mexican lawyer and politician, and a member and former president of the centre-right National Action Party (PAN). He held the positions of Federal Deputy in the LXII Legislature of the Congress of the Union in Mexico, President of the Chamber of Deputies in Mexico and leader of the Parliamentary Group of the main opposing party in the Chamber of Deputies in Mexico. He held the position of National President of the National Action Party until 9 December 2017, when he resigned to run in the 2018 presidential election for the PAN party in political coalition with the leftist parties Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) and Citizens' Movement (MC).

Academic background[edit]

Ricardo Anaya Cortés holds a Bachelor of Law with honors from the Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro. He also has a Master’s Degree in Tax Law from Universidad del Valle de México, from which he graduated with honors, and a Ph.D. in Political Science and Social Studies, again with honors, from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). He has been a permanent lecturer in Constitutional Law and State Theory in the Law School of Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro.

Labor and party trajectory[edit]

Ricardo Anaya is a member of the National Action Party. In 2000, when he was 21 years old, he was PAN’s candidate for Local Deputy in the XIV District of Querétaro, which comprised Arroyo Seco and Pinal de Amoles municipalities, and he achieved an increase of more than 400% in votes for his party in relation with the previous election. He was Private Secretary for the Governor of the State of Querétaro from 2003 to 2009 and he held the position of Human Development Coordinator of the Government of the State of Querétaro from 2008 to 2009. He was a Local Deputy for the LVI Legislature of the State of Querétaro, where he held the position of Coordinator of the National Action Party’s Parliamentary Group, which was the largest one.

He was President of the State Managing Committee of his party in the State of Querétaro from February 2010 to 31 March 2011, and on 1 April 2011 he was appointed Tourism Planning Undersecretary of the Ministry of Tourism of the Federal Government by the Mexican President, Felipe Calderón Hinojosa.

He was elected Federal Deputy under the proportional representation principle for the LXII Legislature, from 2012 to 2015, where he held the position of President of the Chamber of Deputies from 1 September 2013 to 5 March 2014.

On 30 September 2014, Gustavo Madero Muñoz took leave of absence from his position as PAN’s President to lead the list of deputies under proportional representation of his party in the 2015 Election, and therefore, the Permanent Commission of the party appointed Ricardo Anaya Cortés who then held the position of General Secretary of the party, as National President and Fernando Álvarez Monje was appointed as the new General Secretary.

On 20 January 2015, when Madero Muñoz was plurinominal Federal Deputy candidate, he went back to leading the party and appointed Anaya Cortés as the new PAN’s Parliamentary Group Coordinator in the Chamber of Deputies, while José Isabel Trejo Reyes who held the position of PAN Deputies’ Coordinator, was elected as the new General Secretary of the party.

In 2015 he was a contender for the National President position in his party, and he won with more than 80% of votes against Javier Corral Jurado.

In 2017 Ricardo Anaya Cortés met the German Chancellor Angela Merkel[1] to discuss the international situation after Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States. Likewise, he gave a lecture at the George Washington University[2] on the relations between Mexico and the United States, where he openly rejected Trump’s idea of building a wall on the border between both countries as "insulting and unacceptable".

Anaya was one of the candidates for President of Mexico in the general elections to be held on July 1, 2018. In polls, Anaya scored second behind Andrés Manuel López Obrador. On July 1, 2018, Anaya came in second, losing the election to López Obrador.


  1. ^ "Ricardo Anaya se reúne con Angela Merkel" (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Conferencia en The George Washington University".

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Josefina Vázquez Mota
National Action Party nominee for
President of Mexico

Preceded by
Andrés Manuel López Obrador
Party of the Democratic Revolution nominee for
President of Mexico