When Vicente Fox was elected president of Mexico in 2000, it was the first such victory in 71 years for an opposition party — and widely seen as a victory for democracy in the country.

With a strong business background as a former president of Coca-Cola Mexico (having worked his way up from a job as a delivery truck driver), he was elected governor of his home state of Guanajuato in 1995.

During his six years as president, he helped renew conversations with the United States about the war on drugs and immigration reform.

His appearance at the Kimmel Center tonight for the Philadelphia Speakers Series will center on what he thinks Congress needs to understand about immigration issues and how best to deal with Mexican drug violence.