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Beatriz Zavala

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María Beatriz Zavala Peniche (born October 23, 1957 in Mérida, Yucatán) is a Mexican politician affiliated with the National Action Party (PAN) who has served in the lower and upper house of the Mexican Congress. In 2006 Felipe Calderón designated her as Secretary of Social Development.[1]

Beatriz Zavala
Secretary of Social Development
PresidentFelipe Calderón
Preceded byAna Teresa Aranda
Succeeded byErnesto J. Cordero
Personal details
María Beatriz Zavala Peniche

(1957-10-23) 23 October 1957 (age 62)
Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico
Alma materAutonomous University of Yucatán
University of Kentucky

Personal life and educationEdit

Zavala, born in Mérida, Yucatán, holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology from the Autonomous University of Yucatán (UADY) and studies towards a master degree in sociology from the University of Kentucky. She has been a professor of the UADY.[citation needed]

Political careerEdit

Zavala is an active member of the PAN since 1995. From 1997 to 2000 she served in the Chamber of Deputies of Mexico during the LVII Legislature; from 2001 to 2003 she served as local deputy in the Congress of Yucatán; then from 2003 to 2006 she served again in the Chamber of Deputies this time during the LIX Legislature. In 2006 she won a seat in the Senate of Mexico representing Yucatán but left that position to join Felipe Calderón's presidential cabinet as Secretary of Social Development. In January 2008 she left the cabinet and returned to the senate.


  1. ^ Castillo, E. Eduardo (2006-11-24). "Mexico's President-Elect Names Cabinet". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-01-24.
Preceded by
Ana Teresa Aranda
Secretary of Social Development
Succeeded by
Ernesto J. Cordero