Manuel Velasco Coello (born 7 April 1980) is a Mexican lawyer and politician and a member of PVEM. He served as the Governor of Chiapas from 2012 to 2018. He was the first PVEM politician to become a governor. Prior to his governorship, he served as a state deputy, Federal deputy and Senator, each time becoming the youngest person to ever hold such office.

Manuel Velasco Coello
Velasco in 2012
Governor of Chiapas
In office
8 December 2012 – 7 December 2018
Preceded byJuan Sabines Guerrero
Succeeded byRutilio Escandón
President of the National Conference of Governors
Assumed office
22 May 2018
Preceded byArturo Núñez Jiménez
Senator of the Congress of the Union
for Chiapas
First Formula
In office
1 September 2006 – 28 February 2012
Preceded byJosé Antonio Aguilar Bodegas
Succeeded byLuis Armando Melgar Bravo
Deputy of the Congress of the Union
In office
1 September 2003 – 24 April 2006
Member of the Congress of Chiapas
In office
15 November 2001 – 31 August 2003
Personal details
Born (1980-04-07) 7 April 1980 (age 43)
Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Mexico
Political partyPVEM
(m. 2015)
ChildrenManuel (b. 2017)
Emiliano (b. 2020)
ProfessionLawyer and politician

Life and career Edit

Velasco was born on 7 April 1980 in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas' capital. He was elected to Congress of Chiapas in 2001, becoming the youngest person to be ever elected to Chiapas' state legislature.

In 2003, he was elected Deputy of the LIX Legislature of the Mexican Congress representing Chiapas.[1] At the age of 23, he became the youngest person to serve as a federal deputy. He left his Chamber seat to run for Senate, winning Chiapas' seat in the July elections. At the age of 26, Velasco set another history by becoming the youngest Senator in Mexican history.[2]

In 2012, Velasco ran on a PRI-PVEM coalition ticket in the 2012 gubernatorial election and won, becoming Chiapas' governor later that year.[3]

On December 9 2014, a video showing Velasco slap one of his assistants went viral. The video, recorded on a mobile phone, presents Velasco Coello behind a mesh barrier saluting people, when a woman dressed in red pulls his arm and the governor leads her to a young man walking behind him. After indicating the woman to talk to his assistant, unexpectedly, the governor slaps the young man in the face and, while walking, he is seen recriminating him as he follows Velasco. Velasco was forced to publicly apologise.[4]

Personal life Edit

He is the son of Leticia Coello Garrido and José Manuel Velasco Siles (1948–1988) and is married to actress and singer Anahí, with whom he has two sons.[5]

He is the grandson of the former Governor of Chiapas, Manuel Velasco Suárez.

References Edit

  1. ^ "Perfil del legislador". Legislative Information System. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  2. ^ "Perfil del legislador". Legislative Information System. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Manuel Velasco, Gobernador Electo de Chiapas". Azteca Noticias. Archived from the original on 11 December 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Governor of Chiapas apologizes for slapping his assistant". El Universal (in Spanish). Retrieved 2022-02-27.
  5. ^ "Anahí y Manuel Velasco se comprometen". El Informador. 21 May 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2013.

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Preceded by Governor of Chiapas
2012 — 2018
Succeeded by