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Key things to know about Claudia Sheinbaum, who is expected to become Mexico’s first female president

Presidential candidate Claudia Sheinbaum arrives at her final campaign rally at the Zocalo in Mexico City on May 29.
Presidential candidate Claudia Sheinbaum arrives at her final campaign rally at the Zocalo in Mexico City on May 29. Marco Ugarte/AP

Claudia Sheinbaum, former head of Mexico City’s government and candidate for the ruling Morena party, is expected to become the country’s first female president.

Sheinbaum, a former climate scientist, came into the campaign as the favorite, according to February and March polls from Mitofsky, Parametría and De las Heras Demotecnia, which placed her support between 49% and 67% compared to her political rivals.

Sheinbaum has a degree in physics and a master’s and doctorate in energy engineering. She has received several awards for her academic career.

She was born in Mexico City in 1962 and has two children and one grandchild. Her partner, Jesús María Tarriba, whom she met in college when they were both studying physics, is currently a financial risk specialist at the Bank of Mexico.

In 2018, she became head of government of Mexico City, the first woman elected to this position. Her desire to be part of Mexican politics began in 2000 when she was appointed Minister of Environment for the Federal District under the administration of Andrés López Obrador until 2006.

Claudia Sheinbaum arrives at her final campaign rally at the Zocalo in Mexico City on May 29.
Claudia Sheinbaum arrives at her closing campaign rally at the Zocalo in Mexico City on May 29. Matias Delacroix/AP

In 2015, she became the first woman elected head of the Tlalpan district, serving until 2017. In early 2018, she joined the Mexico City government as head until June 2023, when she resigned to run for office presidency at the Morena. party, of which she is a founder, with the aim of succeeding her party colleague, López Obrador.

As part of her campaign within Morena, Sheinbaum has been appointed coordinator for the Defense of the Transformation, whose mission, as stated on her LinkedIn profile, is to defend and promote the values ​​of the Fourth Transformation of Public Life in Mexico, the central axis of López Obrador’s policies.

She has devoted much of her life to university education, with an emphasis on renewable energy and climate change. In 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), to which Sheinbaum contributed, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Sheinbaum is not only Mexico’s first female president, but also the first president of Jewish descent, although she rarely speaks publicly about her personal background and has governed as a secular leftist.

Translated by Karol Suarez. CNN’s Rey Rodríguez, Laura Paddison, Jack Guy, Fidel Gutiérrez, Krupskaia Alís, Aditi Sangal, Karen Esquivel and Carmen Sánchez contributed to this report.