Lilly Téllez

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Lilly Téllez
Senator of the Congress of the Union
Assumed office
1 September 2018
Preceded by Anabel Acosta Islas
Personal details
Born (1967-11-14) 14 November 1967 (age 50)
Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
Political party Morena
Occupation Journalist

Lilly Téllez (born 14 November 1967) [1] is a senator-elect to the LXIV Legislature of the Mexican Congress from the state of Sonora. She previously worked as a journalist for television broadcaster TV Azteca. [2]

Senate of the Republic (Mexico) upper house of the parliament of Mexico

The Senate of the Republic, constitutionally Chamber of Senators of the Honorable Congress of the Union, is the upper house of Mexico's bicameral Congress.

LXIV Legislature of the Mexican Congress Legislature of the Mexican Congress, 1 September 2018  -

The LXIV Legislature of the Mexican Congress is the current meeting of the Mexican Congress of the Union that convened on 1 September 2018 and will end on 31 August 2021. It is composed of the 500 federal deputies and 128 senators elected in the Mexican general election, 2018. While the deputies will serve only in the LXIV Legislature, the senators, elected to six-year terms, will also form the Senate in the LXV Legislature, which will convene in 2021.

Sonora State of Mexico

Sonora, officially Estado Libre y Soberano de Sonora, is one of 31 states that, with Mexico City, comprise the 32 federal entities of United Mexican States. It is divided into 72 municipalities; the capital city is Hermosillo. Sonora is bordered by the states of Chihuahua to the east, Baja California to the northwest and Sinaloa to the south. To the north, it shares the U.S.–Mexico border with the states of Arizona and New Mexico, and on the west has a significant share of the coastline of the Gulf of California.



As a journalist

Téllez was born in Hermosillo but spent her childhood in Ensenada, Baja California. [3] From 1984 to 1994, she worked at Canal 6 in Hermosillo, where she received the State Journalism Award in 1992. [4] In 1994, she was hired to host the morning edition of TV Azteca's main news program, Hechos , and to be an investigative journalist. In 1999, she became a full-time investigative journalist. [3]

Hermosillo City in Sonora, Mexico

Hermosillo, formerly called Pitic, is a city located centrally in the northwestern Mexican state of Sonora. It is the capital and largest city as well as the main economic center for the state and region. As of 2015, the city has a population of 812,229 inhabitants, making it the 16th largest city in Mexico. The recent city population spur is due to its recent strong industrialization, especially in the automotive industry.

Ensenada, Baja California City in Baja California, Mexico

Ensenada is a coastal city in Mexico, the third-largest in Baja California. Lying 125 kilometres (78 mi) south of San Diego on the Baja California Peninsula, it is locally referred to as La Cenicienta del Pacífico, "The Cinderella of the Pacific."

Telemax (television network)

Telemax is a Mexican broadcast television network based in Hermosillo, Sonora. Its flagship station is XEWH-TDT in Hermosillo, and is available nationally through satellite and cable coverage. It is also available through a network of over-the-air repeaters, which extend its flagship station's coverage throughout Sonora. Telemax is owned by the State of Sonora and its stated mission is "to promote Sonoran culture and values, the works and programs of the government, and timely and truthful broadcast of information to various social segments of the population."

On June 22, 2000, her car was shot by a group of unknown men, but she was unharmed. [5] She attributed this attack to a recent airing of an investigation related to the Arellano Félix family of drug dealers; the case was closed with no suspects found. [6] In 2005, she began a new investigative program for Azteca Trece, Mitos y Hechos (Myths and Facts), broadcast twice a month. The program came to an end when TV Azteca, evidently ceding to government pressure, did not air the third part of a report on the sale of Grupo Financiero Banamex to Citigroup and the controversy surrounding the winding down of the Fobaproa bank contingency fund. [7]

Grupo Financiero Banamex S.A. de C.V. has its origins and is the owner of the Banco Nacional de México or Citibanamex. It is the second largest bank in Mexico. The Banamex Financial Group was purchased by Citigroup in August 2001 for $12.5 billion USD. It continues to operate as a Citigroup subsidiary.

Citigroup American multinational investment bank and financial services corporation

Citigroup Inc. or Citi is an American multinational investment bank and financial services corporation headquartered in New York City. The company was formed by the merger of banking giant Citicorp and financial conglomerate Travelers Group in 1998; Travelers was subsequently spun off from the company in 2002. Citigroup owns Citicorp, the holding company for Citibank, as well as several international subsidiaries.

Fobaproa is a contingencies fund created in 1990 by the Mexican government and the then dominant political party PRI to attempt to resolve liquidity problems of the banking system in that country. Fobaproa was applied in 1995 during the economic crisis to protect all Mexican banks from going bankrupt, and thus destroying the Mexican Economy. However, a number of corruption cases involved in the action have been discovered and since then, it has become an object of criticism by members of the opposition. It was replaced, in 1998, by Instituto para la Protección al Ahorro Bancario, current Mexico's deposit insurance agency.

In 2007, Téllez received the Premio Antena award from the National Chamber of the Radio and Television Industry (CIRT) for her broadcasting career. [4] In 2010, she debuted the program Diagnóstico reservado (Diagnosis Reserved) on Proyecto 40. [7] Téllez later left TV Azteca to write columns and make video content for the digital news site SDP Noticias. [6]


XHTVM-TDT is a television station in Mexico City, owned by Televisora del Valle de México and operated by TV Azteca. It is branded as adn40 and available over the air in much of Mexico on TV Azteca's transmitters. Programming generally consists of news and informational shows.

Election as senator

In November 2017, Andrés Manuel López Obrador contacted Téllez and offered to run her as a Senate candidate from his National Regeneration Movement (Morena) party from the state of Sonora. [8] Two months later, Téllez announced in an interview with Ciro Gómez Leyva on Radio Fórmula that she would take up the offer, though she would not become a Morena party member. [9] She would run alongside Alfonso Durazo Montaño, a longtime politician and public official in the state, as the Juntos Haremos Historia coalition candidates for Senate from Sonora. [6] The ticket obtained 200,000 more votes than the PRI ticket, putting it in first place and securing seats for Téllez and Durazo in the Senate. [10]

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In August 2018, Téllez announced she would file an injunction against several constitutional reforms approved in the Sonora state government that reduce the power of the state legislature. Opposition to these reforms, which Téllez described as a "dictatorial smackdown by Governor Claudia Pavlovich Arellano", has been particularly vociferous within Morena, as the party won 20 of the 21 district seats in the Sonoran state legislature in the 2018 midterm elections. [11]

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Personal life

Téllez was married in 2003 to businessman Guillermo Calderón Lobo in Mexico City. [12]

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