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Amalia García
Amalia Dolores García Medina (born October 6, 1951) is a Mexicanmarker politician and the current governor of Zacatecas. She is currently one of the only two women state governors in Mexico (the other being Ivonne Ortega Pacheco of Yucatánmarker).

Political career

García was born into a political family. When she was five, her father Francisco García Estrada was elected governor of their home state of Zacatecasmarker, representing the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). Rather than following in his footsteps, García instead enrolled in the outlawed Mexican Communist Party (PCM) after witnessing the student revolts of 1968 and the Tlatelolco massacre. Her political stance became more moderate over time and she left the PCM for the Unified Socialist Party of Mexico (PSUM). From there she went on to be a founding member of the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) when it was created in 1989.

In the 1990s she served as both a deputy and a senator for the PRD. In 1996 she ran (unsuccessfully) for party president; she ran again, and won, in 2000.

Governor of Zacatecas

In 2003 she was selected as the PRD's candidate in the 2004 Zacatecas gubernatorial election. In the election of July 4, 2004 she won a convincing victory and was sworn in as the first female governor of Zacatecas on September 12, 2004.

She is the fifth woman to serve as governor of a Mexican state. Earlier women governors were Griselda Álvarez (Colimamarker, 1979–1985), Beatriz Paredes (Tlaxcalamarker, 1987–1992), Dulce María Sauri (Yucatánmarker, 1991–1994, Rosario Robles Berlanga (Distrito Federal, 1999–2000).

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  1. Amalia Garcia - Governor of the state of Zacatecas

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