Lázaro Cárdenas Batel is a Mexican politician, serving as a chief adviser to president Andrés Manuel López Obrador and a former governor of Michoacán.
Cárdenas Batel served as governor from 2002 to 2008, representing the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD). Prior to his election in 2001, he represented his home state in both the federal Chamber of Deputies and the Senate. Cárdenas Batel is a member of a distinguished political family: his grandfather, Lázaro Cárdenas del Río, served as President of Mexico from 1934 to 1940, and his father, Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas, has been a presidential candidate on three occasions and was the first democratically elected head of government of the Federal District (Mexico City). Both father and grandfather also served as governors of Michoacán.
Cárdenas Batel holds a degree in ethnohistory from the National School of Anthropology and History (ENAH) in Mexico City.