Claudia Pavlovich Arellano

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Claudia Pavlovich
Claudia Pavlovich Gobernadora.jpg
Governor of Sonora
Assumed office
September 13, 2015
Preceded byGuillermo Padrés Elías
Personal details
Born (1969-06-17) 17 June 1969 (age 50)
Magdalena de Kino, Sonora, Mexico
Political partyInstitutional Revolutionary Party

Claudia Artemiza Pavlovich Arellano (born 17 June 1969) is a Mexican politician and lawyer affiliated with the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). She currently serves as Governor of Sonora, the first woman to govern the state. Previously she served as Senator of the LXII Legislature of the Mexican Congress representing Sonora.[1]

Early life and family[edit]

Pavlovich was born in Magdalena de Kino, Sonora, to Miguel Pavlovich Sugich and Alicia Arellano Tapia. Her paternal family is of Montenegrin descent. She graduated from the school of law at the University of Sonora. She is married to Sergio Torres Ibarra, with whom she has three daughters: Claudia, Ana and Gabriela

Political beginnings[edit]

Between 2000 and 2003, she served as councillor of the city of Hermosillo. From 2006 to 2009, she was local deputy for the 8th district (Northeast Hermosillo), in addition to being a senator from Sonora in the LXII Legislature. In early 2015 she was involved in a controversy related to the fire at the ABC nursery, where in her capacity as local MP advocated on behalf of the nursery owners.

Elections for governor of Sonora[edit]

On 16 February 2015 the PRI ratified Pavlovich as party candidate for governor of Sonora, at a convention of delegates where the secretary of the CEN of the PRI, Ivonne Ortega Pacheco, took protest. The nomination was supported with proof majority issued by the Commission of the CDE of the PRI Internal Processes at the hands of Ricardo García Sánchez, before the coordinator of the Parliamentary Faction of the PRI in Congress, Manlio Fabio Beltrones.

In the campaign prior to the election leaks were heard in which Pavlovich could be heard asking for favors in exchange for money from entrepreneurs in Sonora for their efforts. During the campaign, she was accused of "misuse of functions, conflict of interest and influence peddling."[2]

In the June 2015 elections, she won 486,944 votes, or 47.58% of the total, making her Sonora's first female governor.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Perfil del legislador". Legislative Information System. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
  2. ^ Martinez, Milton. "Nuevo escándalo de Pavlovich: revelan audios sobre presunto "moche" [New Pavlovich scandal: audio reveals alleged 'moche']". Proceso. Retrieved 25 February 2017.