Who is Raúl Paz Alonzo, the senator who left the PAN to go to Morena?

Who is Raúl Paz Alonzo, the senator who left the PAN to go to Morena?

From PAN technocrat to morenista

Raúl Paz Alonzo was the first PAN leader elected by militancy in the state, and although as a candidate for senator he did not win his election by majority, he acceded to the seat as the “best loser”, that is, as the first minority.

By training, he is an economist from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Studies (ITESM), with degrees in Strategic Planning and Finance, and in Opportunity and Future Challenges in Mexico: Leadership Strategies and Performance, from Harvard University.

In public service, he began working under PAN administrations – a party he joined in 2002 – as head of planning and evaluation at the Secretary of Communications and Transportation (SCT) and from 2003 to 2007 as manager of the Social Supply Program of Liconsa in the state of Yucatan.

When he became a member of the PAN, he was governor of the Patricio Patron Laviada entity, who was his brother-in-law, since he is the brother of Cecilia Patron, current federal deputy and PAN leader.

In 2012, when Felipe Calderón triumphed as president, Paz became a federal deputy in the then majority PAN caucus, and in 2015 he was a local deputy.

According to the Legislative Information Service (SIL), since he won the Senate seat in 2018, that is, four years ago, he has been on the podium 22 times -an average of 6 times a year-; In this 2022 that is about to end, he has set positions before the plenary session only once, last March.

In addition, in the 64th legislature (2018-2021), it presented 12 initiatives and in the 65th, which has been ongoing since last September and ends in 2024, it has presented another 6 more.

He is president of the Hydraulic Affairs Commission and of the Bicameral Commission of Pacification and Harmony.

In the vote on the reforms by which the National Guard was attached to the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena), Paz Alonzo voted abstention, although on September 7, prior to the ruling by the United Commissions of Justice and Second Legislative Studies of the Senate, exposed on Twitter his rejection of the amendments.

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