Ricardo Monreal

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Ricardo Monreal Ávila
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Governor of Zacatecas
In office
12 September 1998 – 11 September 2004
Preceded byArturo Romo Gutiérrez
Succeeded byAmalia García
President of the Chamber of Deputies
In office
15 April 1991 – 14 May 1991
Preceded byFernando Córdoba Lobo
Succeeded byMaría Claudia Esqueda Llanes
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
for the 3rd district of Zacatecas
In office
1 September 1997 – 3 September 1998
Preceded byGustavo Salinas Íñiguez
Succeeded byMaría Martha Veyna Soriano
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
for the 2nd district of Zacatecas
In office
1 September 1988 – 31 October 1991
Preceded byPedro Goytía Robles
Succeeded byJosé Eulogio Bonilla
Personal details
Born (1960-09-19) 19 September 1960 (age 58)
Zacatecas, Zacatecas, Mexico
Political partyNational Regeneration Movement (2015–present)
Other political
Institutional Revolutionary Party (1975–1998)
Party of the Democratic Revolution (1998–2008)
Labor Party (2008–2012)
Citizens' Movement (2012–2015)
Alma materAutonomous University of Zacatecas

Ricardo Monreal Ávila (born September 19, 1960 in Fresnillo, Zacatecas) is a Mexican politician affiliated with the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA). He is a former senator, a former Governor of Zacatecas and a former member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) (and of the Party of the Democratic Revolution) being closely identified during his tenure in that party with former president Carlos Salinas de Gortari.

Monreal Ávila graduated with a bachelor's degree in law from the Autonomous University of Zacatecas (UAZ) and with a Ph.D. in administrative and constitutional law from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He worked as a professor of law for several years and got involved in several agricultural programs and farmers' organizations during most of the 1980s.

In 1991 he became president of the state chapter of the Revolutionary Institutional Party, a political institution he represented twice at the Chamber of Deputies, once at the local congress and twice at the Senate. In 1998, after losing the PRI nomination for governor of Zacatecas, he switched sides and joined the left-of-center Party of the Democratic Revolution, winning the election with 44.6% of the votes. He billed his victory as "the second taking of Zacatecas."[1]

Monreal left the governorship in September 2004 and briefly considered to compete for the 2006 PRD presidential candidacy. Instead, he joined the presidential campaign of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the former Head of Government of the Federal District. In the general election of 2 July 2006, he was elected to the Senate for the PRD as a national-list PR senator.

On 11 July 2018, after the landslide victory of the National Regeneration Movement during the 2018 Mexican general election, he was named President of MORENA in the Senate.[2]


  1. ^ Buckman, Robert T. (2007). The World Today Series: Latin America 2007. Harpers Ferry, West Virginia: Stryker-Post Publications. ISBN 978-1-887985-84-0.
  2. ^ López Ponce, Jannet. "Destapan a Ricardo Monreal como líder de Morena en el Senado". El Milenio. Retrieved 12 July 2018.

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Preceded by
Arturo Romo
Governor of Zacatecas
Succeeded by
Amalia García