Manuel Cavazos Lerma

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Manuel Cavazos Lerma
Governor of Tamaulipas
In office
Preceded byAmérico Villarreal Guerra
Succeeded byTomás Yarrington
Personal details
Born12 March 1946 (1946-03-12) (age 73)
Matamoros, Tamaulipas
Political partyInstitutional Revolutionary Party
ProfessionEconomist, politician

Manuel Cavazos Lerma (born 12 March 1946 in Matamoros, Tamaulipas) is a Mexican politician and economist from the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), who served as governor of Tamaulipas from 1993–1999.[1]


Cavazos Lerma was born in Matamoros, Tamaulipas on 12 March 1946; son of Manuel Cavazos Rodríguez and Clara Lerma Sánchez. He studied Economics in the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (1963–1968), where he has served as a professor.

Political career[edit]

He has been within the Institutional Revolutionary Party since 1972, where he formed part of the representative in the states of Tamaulipas and Durango for the PRI. He was president of the Nacional Committee League for Revolutionary Economists (1982–1984), and served as the delegate for the PRI party in the states of San Luis Potosí, Baja California, Coahuila, Jalisco and Yucatán.

Organized crime allegations[edit]

On 30 January 2012, the Attorney General of Mexico issued a communiqué ordering the past three governors of Tamaulipas—Manuel Cavazos Lerma, Eugenio Hernández Flores, and Tomás Yarrington—to remain in the country because they were being investigated for possible correlation with the Mexican drug cartels.[2][3] The DEA has already accused Yarrington of laundering money for Los Zetas and the Gulf Cartel from 1999 to 2004, his time as governor.[4]

The cousin of the ex-governor, Gilberto Lerma Plata, was arrested in the McAllen–Hidalgo–Reynosa International Bridge on 12 April 2012 by federal agents for alleged drug conspiracy.[5] Lerma Plata was Mexican police commander in Tamaulipas who was reported in 2002 as a Gulf Cartel member who used his police ties to share information on authorities' movements to help the cartel.[5]


  1. ^ "Perfil de Manuel Cavazos Lerma". El Universal (in Spanish). Retrieved 14 February 2012.
  2. ^ "Busca PGR contra 3 ex gobernadores de Tamaulipas". El Siglo de Torreon (in Spanish). 30 January 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2012.
  3. ^ "PGR emitió alerta migratoria contra tres ex gobernadores de Tamaulipas". Univision (in Spanish). 30 January 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2012.
  4. ^ Castillo, Eduardo. "DEA: Mexican Gov. Got Millions in Drug Cash". TIME Magazine. Archived from the original on 13 February 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Tamps. police boss, cousin of ex-governor, appears in court". The Monitor. 12 April 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2012.
Political offices
Preceded by
Américo Villarreal Guerra
Governor of Tamaulipas
Succeeded by
Tomás Yarrington