Mexico elects climate scientist Claudia Sheinbaum as 1st woman president

By Sejla Ahmatovic | 06/03/2024 11:56 AM EDT

The incoming president is also the country’s first Jewish leader.

President-elect Claudia Sheinbaum waves to supporters at the Zocalo, Mexico City's main square.

President-elect Claudia Sheinbaum waves to supporters Monday at the Zócalo, Mexico City's main square. Marco Ugarte/AP

Claudia Sheinbaum, a climate scientist and former mayor of Mexico City, became the first woman to be elected president of Mexico, winning Sunday’s vote in a landslide.

Sheinbaum, 61, received nearly 58 percent of the vote, according to preliminary results from the Mexican electoral office.

In another precedent, Sheinbaum is also the first Jewish person to lead one of the world’s largest predominantly Catholic countries.


After thanking voters for their support, Sheinbaum emphasized the historical moment. “For the first time in 200 years of the Republic, I will become the first woman president of Mexico,” she told supporters.