Maria Guadalupe López Mares takes charge of country's gaming industry

Mexico’s Ministry of Interior has a new chief gaming regulator, attorney Maria Guadalupe López Mares, who will be responsible for supervising hundreds of bingo halls and thousands of gaming machines and combating illegal gambling in the country.

A politically well-connected member of the center-right Partido Acción Nacional of President Felipe Calderon, Mares replaces Roberto Correa Méndez as head of the Dirección General Adjunta de Juegos y Sorteos (Directorate of Games and Draws).

Mendez resigned under a cloud related to “alleged irregularities” in the operation of his office, according to the left-leaning national daily La Jornada.

López Mares has held a number of high-level positions in the country and with PAN. From 1998 to 2000, she served as secretary to the Supreme Court of Justice of Guanajuato. She also was a federal representative. She is a former member of PAN’s Commission of Order and the party’s Commission of Justice.

She is a graduate of Quetzalcóatl University in Irapuato.