Beatriz Paredes Rangel is a member of the Senate of the Republic of Mexico. She previously was the Mexican ambassador to Brazil and the president of Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), as well as the first woman to serve as Governor of Tlaxcala. As such, Paredes was the second woman to serve as a state governor in Mexican history.
Paredes studied sociology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and began her political career at the age of 21 as a Tlaxcala state deputy and then served as advisor for the governor of Tlaxcala. In 1982 she was appointed undersecretary for agrarian reform and from 1987 to 1992 she served as governor of Tlaxcala. She has also served in the Chamber of Deputies and in the Senate.
President Carlos Salinas appointed her ambassador to Cuba in 1993. Paredes has occupied different positions in the PRI, mostly representing the rural and indigenous wings of the party. She served as general secretary of the PRI and, in 2007, was elected president of the party by a large margin.
Paredes is currently on leave from the Dialogue.