Ricardo Anaya Cortés
Party Affiliation: Forward Front for Mexico (PAN-PRD-MC)
Born: Naucalpan, State of Mexico, 1979
Ricardo Anaya’s political career began in 2003 when he became Private Secretary to then-Governor of Queretaro Francisco Garrido. In 2009, he became Local Deputy for Queretaro’s 56th Legislature and won a Federal Deputy seat for Queretaro in the 62nd Legislature in 2012, a seat he held until 2015.
Between September 2014 and January 2015 and from August 2015 to December 2017, Anaya served as PAN’s National President. During his legislative tenure, he supported President Enrique Peña Nieto’s 13 structural reforms, leading the negotiations for those related to telecommunications, education and energy.
In 2017, Anaya registered as the presidential candidate of the “Forward Front For Mexico” (Coalición por México al Frente), comprising the rightwing PAN, leftist PRD and MC (Citizen Movement). He holds a Ph.D. in political science from UNAM, a Master’s in fiscal law from UVM and a Bachelor’s in law from Queretaro’s UAQ.
Anaya, considered pro-business, has promised to double the country’s minimum wage and supports implementing a universal basic income.