Alejandra Barrales

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Maria Alejandra Barrales
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Personal details
Born (1967-07-17) 17 July 1967 (age 51)
Mexico City, Mexico
Political party Democratic Revolution
Occupation Political party president

Maria Alejandra Barrales Magdaleno (born 17 July 1967) is a Mexican lawyer and politician and the former president of the Party of the Democratic Revolution. She formerly represented the Federal District (later, Mexico City) in the Senate (LXII and LXIII Legislatures) and also served as a federal deputy and in the Legislative Assembly of the Federal District.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Alejandra Barrales was born 17 July 1967 in Distrito Federal, Mexico City.[2] She studied to be an executive assistant at the CONALEP from 1982 to 1985, she graduated as a lawyer from Universidad Mexicana and has a Masters in Public Administration from Instituto Nacional de Administración Pública.[3]


Her early career took place in the aviation industry. She was a head flight attendant for Aeroméxico between 1998 and 2000[1] and served in the sector's labor union, the Asociación Sindical de Sobrecargos de Aviación (ASSA). She was its press secretary from 1989 to 1991 and its secretary general from 1995 to 2001.[1] She led Aeroméxico's flight attendants on strike in 1998[4] and again in 2001.[5] She also helped to found the National Workers' Union in 1997[4] and was the secretary general of the Federation of Unions of Businesses of Goods and Services (FESEBS) from 1997 to 2000.[1]

After 2001, Barrales shifted gears and moved into politics. The PRD placed her on their party list of proportional representation federal deputies for the LVIII Legislature, which met between 2000 and 2003 and where she served as a secretary on the Labor and Social Welfare Commission. Barrales fully joined the PRD in 2002,[1] the same year she briefly served as a social welfare coordinator in the government of Michoacán.[1]

In 2003, voters sent Barrales to the III Legislature of the Legislative Assembly of the Federal District (ALDF). She was the PRD faction's spokeswoman in the legislature and sat on five commissions including Government, Public Security, Political-Electoral Matters, Sports, and Administration Committee.[1]

After her 2006 campaign to head the delegation of Benito Juárez[6] failed, the PRD placed her in the Mexico City government as the secretary of tourism. Two years later, she was tapped to head the PRD in the Federal District and resigned her position as tourism secretary.[1] Also at this time, in 2007, Barrales obtained her law degree from the Universidad Mexicana.[7]

From 2009 to 2012, Barrales returned to the ALDF in its V Legislature and was the PRD's parliamentary coordinator in that legislature; she also presided over the Government Commission.[1] While she was in the legislature, she created a scholarship program intended to benefit 45,000 youth; instead, El País reported in 2013, only 2,700 kids had received the scholarship, and 250 million pesos that were in a corresponding trust had disappeared.[6] While she sought to run for mayor of Mexico City in 2012, she eventually pulled out of the internal discussions to clear a path for Miguel Ángel Mancera.[6]

Voters sent Barrales back to the federal legislature, this time as a senator, for the LXII and LXIII Legislatures, giving her a six-year term between 2012 and 2018. She presided over the Radio and Television Commission[8] and also served on the Guiding Council for the Pacto por México.[1] However, she left the Senate in August 2015 when she was tapped to become the education secretary of Mexico City;[8] her alternate, Martha Angélica Tagle Martínez, took her seat in the Senate.

On 15 July 2016, Barrales resigned from the Mexico City government;[9] the next day, the PRD elected Barrales as its new president,[10] replacing Agustín Basave Benítez, who had resigned the month before.[8] She will fill out Basave's term, which runs until 2017.[9]

She is currently running as a candidate for the Head of Government of Mexico City under the coalition "Por México al Frente."

Personal life[edit]

Barrales has one biological daughter, Máxima.[11] She also raises her niece Estefanía, of whom she obtained custody when her brother Esteban divorced.[11]

In 2006, the men's magazine Revista H para Hombres named Barrales "one of the sexiest politicians in Mexico".[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Perfil del legislador" (in Spanish). Legislative Information System. Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "SIL :: Sistema de Información Legislativa-PopUp Legislador". sil.gobernacion.gob.mx. Retrieved 2016-08-05. 
  3. ^ "Sen. Maria Alejandra Barrales Magdaleno". Sistema de Información Legislativa de la Secretaria de Gobernacion. Retrieved 8 December 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Torry D. Dickinson and Robert K. Schaeffer, Fast Forward: Work, Gender, and Protest in a Changing World, Rowman and Littlefield 2001: 310
  5. ^ Martínez, Fabiola (30 May 2001). "Inminente huelga en Aeroméxico: sobrecargos". La Jornada (in Spanish). Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c Rosagel, Shaila (8 May 2016). "Alejandra Barrales Magdaleno". SinEmbargo (in Spanish). Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  7. ^ a b Reyes Lugo, Maricruz. "Barrales, la mujer de altos vuelos". Siete24 (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 July 2015. 
  8. ^ a b c "Perfil: Alejandra Barrales Magdaleno". El Universal (in Spanish). 16 July 2016. Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  9. ^ a b Notimex (16 July 2016). "Alejandra Barrales renuncia a la Secretaría de Educación capitalina". Terra (in Spanish). 
  10. ^ "Eligen a Alejandra Barrales como nueva líder nacional del PRD". Animal Político (in Spanish). 16 July 2016. Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  11. ^ a b Sánchez Contreras, Guillermo (20 May 2015). "Ya nació la hija de Alejandra Barrales". Cuna de Grillos. Retrieved 16 July 2016.