With the administration of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador well into the fourth year of its six-year term, key questions about the country’s future arise. Some are related to Mexico’s democracy and politics, often afflicted by extreme polarization, and the weakness of the country’s rule of law. Others involve the nation’s poor economic performance, growing poverty and unstable fiscal policy. The state of public safety and security, the deterioration of the national strategic infrastructure and the enormous challenges in Mexico’s education and health sectors are other major concerns, in addition to the future of its energy industry and its relationship with the United States. In an effort to envision the post-López Obrador era and to address these many challenges, the Baker Institute Center for the United States and Mexico has launched the Mexico 2025 and Beyond initiative. The center was pleased to host Samuel García Sepúlveda, governor of Nuevo León, at the inaugural lecture. He shared his vision for the post-López Obrador era and the role of his state in building Mexico’s future.
The cost of admission was $20. Members of the Baker Institute Roundtable, Roundtable Emerging Leaders and U.S.-Mexico Forum received complimentary admission through the link included in their email invitation. Rice faculty, staff and students also received free admission.
Samuel Alejandro García Sepúlveda, Ph.D., is the constitutional governor of the state of Nuevo León in Mexico. He is the founder of three legal offices and was a local deputy for District 18 in Nuevo León from 2015 to 2018. He also served as a senator for Nuevo León from 2018 to 2020. He is the author of three books, has been a speaker and writer in various media, and is a professor for the tax law master's degree program at the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León. He earned a bachelor’s degree in law and finance and a master’s in public law, both at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. He earned his doctorate in public policy and public administration at the Escuela de Graduados en Administración Pública y Política Pública at the Tecnológico de Monterrey before pursuing another doctorate in fiscal law at the Universidad ITAC. He is currently pursuing his third doctorate, now in constitutional law and governance at the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León.
Tony Payan, Ph.D.
Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies; Director, Center for the United States and Mexico