Monday, April 12, 2010

RIP Roberto de la Madrid

Roberto de la Madrid's death was just recently made public. He was 88. De la Madrid was elected Governor of Baja California Norte in 1977. He was the first U.S. born Mexican politician to be elected to office in Mexico. He was born in Calexico, Califronia and raised on both sides of the International Border. He attended schools in San Diego and Baja California and became a bi-cultural businessman. He was credited with helping foster bi-national relations, Attracting foreign investors and establishing a strong tourism program. Before becoming Governor of Baja California Norte, de la Madrid was a successful distributor of Richfield and Pemex lubricants. In 1959 he appeared in an RKO motion picture, The Young Land with Dennis Hopper. He was friends with the future President of Mexico and actor John Wayne. Before becoming Governor of Baja California Norte, de la Madrid was a successful distributor of Richfield and Pemex lubricants. In 1959 he appeared in an RKO motion picture, The Young Land with Dennis Hopper. He was friends with the future President of Mexico and actor John Wayne. Before being elected Governor, de la Madrid was appointed tourism director for the state and he served as state senator and director for the state’s lottery, before being hand picked by President Jose Lopez Portillo as candidate for Governor for the ruling International Revolutionary Party, or PRI. His inauguration in 1977 was the first attended by a Mexican President since Baja became a state in 1951.


de la Madrid, Roberto (Roberto de la Madrid Romandie)
Born: 2/3/1922 Calexico, California, U.S.A.
Died: 3/19/2010, Tijuana, Baja, Mexico

Robert de la Madrid's western – actor:
The Young Land – 1958 (Don Roberto de la Madrid)

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