Villarreal elected PAN congressional coordinator
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
Beginning September 1, former San Miguel mayor Luis Alberto Villarreal García will begin his work in the federal congress as a diputado (deputy, similar to a state representative in the US) and coordinator of the PAN parliamentary group. On August 23, he held a meeting with the PAN diputados from Guanajuato and the newly elected governor, Miguel Márquez Márquez. Villarreal commented that in Guanajuato “we have a team” and said that the governor will not have just 11 deputies in Congress, but 114, who are willing to make the people’s hopes a reality.
The Mexican Congress is made up of 500 diputados, 300 elected by direct vote and 200 by proportional representation of each party. In the elections of July 1, the PRI party got 207 deputies, the PAN party 114, PRD 100, PVEM 34, PANAL 10, PT 19 and Movimiento Ciudadano 16. Villarreal is among the proportional representatives and represents the 2nd district, which comprises San Miguel de Allende, Dolores Hidalgo, Comonfort and San José Iturbide. He was introduced on August 13 by the national president of the PAN party, Gustavo Madero, as coordinator of the PAN representatives in Congress.
During his introduction as coordinator, Villarreal gave a speech in which he commented that the PAN parliamentary group in the 62nd legislature will be an example of responsibility and collaboration. He also commented that their main challenge will be to fulfill the proposals made during their campaign and by presidential candidate Josefina Vázquez Mota, who came in third in the presidential election with more than 12.5 million votes. He said that the PAN legislators will be a political, loyal and responsible force in Congress.
At the meeting, Villarreal mentioned some of the reforms that the PAN diputados hope to propose in Congress, including eliminating the privileges of strong politicians and working to reform corruption in the legal system as well as the electoral process. “The law has imperfections, which were notable in the past elections on July 1,” he commented.
Villarreal is a 37-year-old sanmiguelense. He became involved in politics in 1994, and in 2000 he was elected as a diputado representing the 2nd district. In 2003, by fewer than 1,000 votes he became mayor of San Miguel de Allende. In 2006, he was chosen to be a senator representing Guanajuato. Prior to the election this past July 1, in an intraparty election process he was selected to be one of the diputados representing the PAN party and coordinator of the PAN diputados in Congress.