Road to the PresidencyTue, 01/22/2013 - 11:20
After graduating with a BA in Law from the Universidad Panamericana, and an MA in Business Administration from the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Peña Nieto soon joined the public service. He formally started his political career in 1993, when he was appointed as the Personal Secretary of Arturo Montiel Rojas, who served as Economic Development Minister for the State of Mexico. In 1999, when Montiel Rojas became State Governor, Peña Nieto went from occupying secretarial positions to a higher level of government, and was appointed as the Undersecretary of the Interior. In 2003, Peña Nieto won his first elected position as Deputy, representing his hometown of Atlacomulco in the Congress of the State of Mexico. In September 2005, after a successful election campaign, he became Governor of the State of Mexico, a position held until September 2011. The cornerstone of his governorship was the 608 promises made during the election campaign and signed in front of a notary, to demonstrate his eectiveness as a leader capable of delivering results. In November 2011, as a stepping stone for the upcoming election campaign, he released his book, ‘Mexico, The Great Hope’, in which he argued the importance of expanding the economy to create formal jobs. He also pointed out the need to open Pemex to private investment in order to increase the NOC’s productivity. After an intense election campaign, Enrique Peña Nieto won the elections on July 1st 2012, with 38.21% of the votes, followed by Andrés Manuel López Obrador of the PRD with 31.59%. Peña Nieto was sworn in as the 57th President of Mexico on December 1st 2012, marking the return of the PRI to power after 12 years in opposition.