Ricardo Anaya Cortes
Ricardo Anaya Cortes served as the president of the National Action Party (PAN). He stepped down from his post on Dec. 9, 2017, and officially announced his intention to run for the nomination to be the presidential candidate for the "Por México al Frente" coalition on Dec. 10, 2017.
Anaya received a bachelor of law with honors from the Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, a master's in fiscal law from the Universidad del Valle de México and a Ph.D. in political science and social sciences from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).
Anaya has previous experience in PAN party politics, serving in a variety of positions such as private secretary for the governor of the state of Querétaro (2003-2009) and president of PAN’s State Managing Committee in Querétaro (2010-2011). He was appointed undersecretary of tourism planning in the Ministry of Tourism by former President Felipe Calderón on April 1, 2011. During his time as the federal deputy for the LXII Legislature, he served as president of the Chamber of Deputies.
Anaya was appointed national president of PAN after Gustavo Madero Muñoz took a leave of absence as the party’s president during the 2015 election. In 2015, Anaya continued to lead the party as PAN's parliamentary group coordinator in the Chamber of Deputies. Also in 2015, Anaya won more than 80 percent of the votes against Javier Corral Jurado in the race for PAN national president, which he held until announcing his resignation in December 2017 to run for Mexico’s presidency.
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