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Vicente Fox: From Farmer to President

Vicente Fox Quesada was president of Mexico from 2000 to 2006. Fox was the son of farmers, and he worked with his parents and eight siblings on a ranch. Fox saw many of his friends struggling with poverty while growing up in Guanajuato, Mexico.

A Willingness to Work

To escape poverty, Fox worked hard in school. In 1964, after studying business in college, he went to work for the Coca-Cola company in Mexico. His job was to supervise delivery routes.

Making deliveries, Fox was able to travel throughout Mexico. He saw many people living in poor conditions and he developed a deep appreciation for Mexico's hardworking people. He knew that Mexico had the potential to be a great nation. To get there, its people needed improved education and better paying jobs.

A Rising Star

After many promotions in his career at Coca-Cola, Fox returned to Guanajuato. He returned to his family ranch and launched his career in his home state's politics. He promoted education and founded a home for children who do not have families. Fox and his wife adopted four children.

Fox was elected governor of Guanajuato in 1995, but he also dreamed of helping all of Mexico. People admired his efforts as governor and Fox's reputation grew. On December 1, 2000, at the age of 59, he was elected as the 62nd president of Mexico.

Mexico's Government

Mexico's government is similar to the United States's government in many ways. It has a president, three branches of government, and a constitution. Most of the government's work takes place in the national capital, Mexico City. The president is elected by the people and serves only one six-year term. After his term has expired, he cannot run for president again.

The three branches are the executive, legislative, and judicial. The president is the head of the executive branch, which includes the military and the cabinet. Cabinet members are appointed by the president. They each run a different department of the government, such as education and foreign relations.

Congress of the Union is made up of the legislative branch. Members of Congress are elected by the people, and they make laws for the country. In the judicial branch, which enforces the laws, the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation is the country's highest court.

Mexico's constitution guarantees that the Mexican people are free, and it defines their rights as citizens. The Mexican Constitution was signed in 1917. The new constitution came after a revolution brought a period of dictatorship to an end.

Today, many people are working hard to improve Mexico's economy and raise the nation's standard of living. Former President Fox, who grew up as the son of a poor farmer, is one of those people.