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Claudia Ruiz Massieu

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IntroMexican lawyer and politician
A.K.A.Claudia Ruiz Massieu
Is Politician
Lawyer
From Mexico
Type Law
Politics
Genderfemale
Birth 10 July 1972, Mexico City
Age48 years
PoliticsInstitutional Revolutionary Party

Biography

Claudia Ruiz Massieu Salinas DBE (born 10 July 1972) is a Mexican lawyer and politician affiliated with the Institutional Revolutionary Party. She served as Secretary of Foreign Affairs following her appointment by President Enrique Peña Nieto in 2015 to which she resigned January 4, 2017.
Previously, she served as Secretary of Tourism from 2012 to 2015, having as a major achievement taking Mexico from the 15th to the 10th place for interntational tourist arrivals according to WTO. During President Peña Nietos transition period she was in charge of Human Rights and Transparency Affairs. She has also served two terms as Congresswoman, for the LIX and LXI Legislatures of the Mexican Congress.

Personal background

Claudia Ruiz Massieu Salinas is daughter of José Francisco Ruiz Massieu, and niece to former president Carlos Salinas de Gortari. Her father served as Governor for the State of Guerrero, as well as Secretary General of the National Executive Committee of the Institutional Revolutionary Party. She´s a law graduate from the Universidad Iberoamericana, where she achieved her title with the thesis: “Jose Francisco Ruiz Massieu’s Judiciary Theory on Constitutional and Administrative Law”.

She holds a masters degree in Comparative Politics by FLACSO Mexico and is currently a Doctorate Candidate in Public Law and Philosophy by the University of Madrid, Spain.

Professional career

Public offices

Two terms as Congresswoman, for the LIX (2003-2006) and LXI (2009-2012) Legislatures of the Mexican Congress.

On January 4, 2007 was appointed as General Coordinator for Planning, Development and Institutional Innovation at the Attorney General´s Office. And as of 2006 she served as Chief of Staff for the Executive Secretariat of the National Security System on the Secretary of Public Security.

During the transition period of President Enrique Peña Nieto as President Elect, she was in charge of Human Rights and Transparency Affairs. After that, on November 30, 2012, President Peña Nieto appointed her as Secretary of Tourism, charge she left on August 21, 2015, when she was named as Secretary of Foreign Affairs, to which she resigned on January 4, 2017.

Academic experience

At the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México she worked as research assistant at the Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas from 1995 to 1997. Then she integreted to the technical academc team on the International Commerce research unit also at the Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas. On 1997 she became a Law professor at Universidad Anahuac Sur.

Electronic and print Media

Regular writer at the newspaper El Universal, as personal opinion, but also with the column México Global, during her time as Secretary of Foreign Affairs.

Elected offices

LIX Legislature (2003-2006)

During this time she was part of the following Committees:

  • President of the Justice and Human Rights Committee
  • Secretary of the Governance Committee
  • Member of the Mexico City Committee
  • Member of the State Reform Special Committee
  • Member of the Jurisdictional Committee

LXI Legislatura (2009-2012)

During this time she as part of the following Committees:

  • Secretary of the Governance Committee
  • Member of the Treasury Committee
  • Member of the Appropriations Committee
  • Member of the Budget Analysis Special Committee
  • Member of the Center of Studies for Public Finances Committee
  • Member of the Mexico-European Union Mixed Committee
  • Member of the Mexico-United States of America Mixed Committee