Cabinet of Mexico

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The cabinet of Mexico is the Executive Cabinet (Spanish: Gabinete Legal) and is a part of the executive branch of the Mexican government. It consists of eighteen Secretaries of State, the head of the federal executive legal office and the Attorney General.

In addition to the legal Executive Cabinet there are other Cabinet-level administration offices that report directly to the President of the Republic (Gabinete Ampliado). Officials from the legal and extended Cabinet (Gabinete Legal y Ampliado) are subordinate to the President.

Meeting of the cabinet of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto
Meeting of the cabinet of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto

Constitutional and legal basis[edit]

The term "Cabinet" does not appear in the Constitution, where reference is made only to the Secretaries of State. Article 89 of the Constitution provides that the President of Mexico can assign and remove Secretaries of State.

Article 26 of the Organic Law of the Federal Public Administration (Ley Orgánica de la Administración Pública Federal) creates the several cabinet secretariats, and the Organic Law of the Attorney General's Office (Ley Orgánica de la Procuraduría General de la República) creates the office of the Attorney General.

The Executive Cabinet does not play a collective legislative or executive role (as do the Cabinets in parliamentary systems). The main interaction that Cabinet members have with the legislative branch are regular testimonials before Congressional committees to justify their actions, and coordinate executive and legislative policy in their respective fields of jurisdiction.

Secretary selection process[edit]

The Executive Cabinet members are appointed by the President of the Republic. Only the Attorney General needs to be approved by the Senate. (not 2014)

Cabinet Secretaries are often selected from past and current governors, senators, and other political office holders. Private citizens such as businessmen or former military officials are also common Cabinet choices.

It is not rare for a Secretary to be moved from one Secretariat to another. For example, former Secretary of Energy Fernando Canales Clariond had previously served as Secretary of Economy and former Secretary of Education Josefina Vázquez Mota had previously served as Secretary of Social Development.

Cabinet and Cabinet-level officials[edit]


Department Title Incumbent Image In Office since
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Secretariat of the Interior
(Spanish: Secretaría de Gobernación)
Secretary of the Interior
(Spanish: Secretario de Gobernación)
Alfonso Navarrete Prida
(b. 1963)
Entrega de apoyos a la economía familiar de los trabajadores. (21528239464) (cropped).jpg January 10, 2018
SRE logo 2012.svg
Secretariat of Foreign Affairs
(Spanish: Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores)
Secretary of Foreign Affairs
(Spanish: Secretario de Relaciones Exteriores)
Luis Videgaray Caso
(b. 1968)
Luis-Videgaray.jpg January 4, 2017
SHCP logo 2012.svg
Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit
(Spanish: Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público)
Secretary of Finance
(Spanish: Secretario de Hacienda)
José Antonio González Anaya Doctor José Antonio González Anaya (cropped).jpg November 27, 2017
SEDENA logo 2012.svg
Secretariat of National Defense
(Spanish: Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional)
Secretary of Defense
(Spanish: Secretario de Defensa)
Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda[1] General-Cienfuegos.jpg December 1, 2012
SEMAR logo 2012.svg
Secretariat of Navy
(Spanish: Secretaría de Marina)
Secretary of Navy
(Spanish: Secretario de Marina)
Vidal Francisco Soberón Sanz[1] Almirante-Vidal-Soberon.jpg December 1, 2012
SE logo 2012.svg
Secretariat of Economy
(Spanish: Secretaría de Economia)
Secretary of Economy
(Spanish: Secretario de Economía)
Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal[2] Idelfonso-Guajardo.jpg December 1, 2012
SEDESOL logo 2012.svg
Secretariat of Social Development
(Spanish: Secretaría de Desarrollo Social)
Secretary of Social Development
(Spanish: Secretario de Desarrollo Social)
Luis Enrique Miranda[3] September 6, 2016
PGR logo 2012.svg
Attorney General
Spanish: Procurador General de la República
Attorney General
Spanish: Procurador General de la República
Raúl Cervantes Andrade October 26, 2016
SFP logo 2012.svg
Secretariat of the Civil Service
Spanish: Secretaría de la Función Pública
Secretary of the Civil Service
Spanish: Secretaria de la Función Pública
Arely Gómez González Arely Gomez Gonzalez.png October 27, 2016
SCT logo 2012.svg
Secretariat of Communications and Transportation
(Spanish: Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes)
Secretary of Communications
(Spanish: Secretario de Comunicaciones)
Gerardo Ruiz Esparza[4] Gerardo-Ruiz-Esparza.jpg December 1, 2012
STPS logo 2012.svg
Secretary of Labor and Social Welfare
(Spanish: Secretaría del Trabajo y Previsión Social)
Secretary of Labor
(Spanish: Secretario del Trabajo)
Roberto Rafael Campa Cifrián January 10, 2018
SEMARNAT logo 2012.svg
Secretariat of the Environment and Natural Resources
(Spanish: Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales)
Secretary of Environment
(Spanish: Secretario de Medio Ambiente)
Rafael Pacchiano Alamán[3] August 27, 2015
SENER logo 2012.svg
Secretariat of Energy
(Spanish: Secretaría de Energía)
Secretary of Energy
(Spanish: Secretario de Energía)
Pedro Joaquín Coldwell[5] Pedro-Joaquin.jpg December 1, 2012
SAGARPA logo 2012.svg
Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food
(Spanish: Secretaría de Agricultura, Ganadería, Desarrollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentación)
Secretary of Agriculture
(Spanish: Secretario de Agricultura)
José Calzada Rovirosa[3] José Calzada Rovirosa.png August 27, 2015
SEP logo 2012.svg
Secretariat of Public Education
(Spanish: Secretaría de Educación Pública)
Secretary of Education
(Spanish: Secretario de Educación)
Aurelio Nuño Mayer[3] Aurelio-Nuno.jpg August 27, 2015
SSA logo 2012.svg
Secretariat of Health
(Spanish: Secretaría de Salud)
Secretary of Health
(Spanish: Secretario de Salud)
José Narro Robles[6] Direc Medicina.jpg February 8, 2016
SECTUR logo 2012.svg
Secretariat of Tourism
(Spanish: Secretaría de Turismo)
Secretary of Tourism
(Spanish: Secretaria de Turismo)
Enrique de la Madrid Cordero[3] August 27, 2015
SEDATU logo 2013.svg
Secretariat of Agrarian, Land, and Urban Development
Spanish: Secretaría de Desarrollo Agrario, Territorial y Urbano
Secretary of Agrarian Development and Urban Planning
Spanish: Secretario de Desarrollo Agrario, Territorial y Urbano
Rosario Robles Berlanga[3] Rosario-Robles.jpg August 27, 2015
Secretariat of Culture
Spanish: Secretaría de Cultura
Secretary of Culture
Spanish: Secretario de Cultura
Rafael Tovar y de Teresa[7] ManosAlmaOaxaca057.JPG December 21, 2015

Cabinet-level administration offices[edit]

Some positions are not part of the legal Executive Cabinet, but have cabinet-level rank therefore their incumbents are considered members of the extended cabinet (Gabinete ampliado).

Some of the cabinet-level administration offices are:

Department Title Incumbent Image in Office since
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National System for Integral Family Development
(Spanish: Desarrollo Integral de la Familia)
Director of National System for Integral Family Development
(Spanish: Director del Desarrollo Integral de la Familia)
Angelica Rivera Angelica Rivera.jpg March 6, 2013
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National Institute for Women
(Spanish: Instituto Nacional para las Mujeres)
President of the National Institute for Women
(Spanish: Presidente del Instituto Nacional para las Mujeres)
Lorena Cruz Sánchez January 2013
National Commission of Sport
(Spanish: CONADE)
President of CONADE
(Spanish: Presidente del CONADE)
Alfredo Castillo Cervantes April 16, 2015
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Chief of Staff
(Spanish: Presidencia de la Republica)
Chief of Staff
(Spanish: Jefe de la Presidencia)
Francisco Guzmán Ortiz[3] Francisco-Guzman.jpg August 27, 2015
Estado Mayor Presidencial Mexico.svg
Presidential Chief of Security Staff
(Spanish: Estado Mayor Presidencial (EMP))
Chief of the Presidential Security Staff (EMP)
(Spanish: Jefe del Estado Mayor Presidencial (EMP))
Roberto Miranda[1] December 1, 2012
National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Peoples
(Spanish: Comision Nacional para el Desarrollo de los Pueblos Indigenas)
Commissioner for the Development of Indigenous Peoples
(Spanish: Comisionado para el desarrollo de pueblos indigenas.)
Roberto Serrano Altamirano No image.png 2018


  1. ^ a b c "El gabinete de Enrique Peña Nieto". Univision. 30 November 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2013.
  2. ^ Dave Graham (30 November 2012). "Mexico's Pena Nieto picks close aides for top Cabinet jobs". Reuters. Retrieved 20 July 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Anuncia Enrique Peña Nieto cambios en el gabinete". Excélsior. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Gerardo Ruiz Esparza". Retrieved 20 July 2013.
  5. ^ Dave Graham (30 November 2012). "Mexico's Pena Nieto appoints top aides to major Cabinet posts". Reuters. Retrieved 20 July 2013.
  6. ^ "Enrique Peña Nieto confirma cambios en su gabinete". El Economista. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  7. ^ "Perfil. Rafael Tovar y de Teresa, secretario de Cultura". El Universal. Retrieved 22 December 2015.

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