RODRÍGUEZ ZAPATERO, JOSÉ LUIS
President of the Government of Spain (2004-2011)
Date and Place of birth: 4 August 1960, Valladolid (Spain).
Education: José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero obtained a degree in Law from the University of León in 1983.
Professional experience: José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero became a member of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) in 1979, at the very young age of 19. After graduating, he worked as a professor of constitutional law at the University of León until 1991.
In 1986 Zapatero was elected to represent the province of León in the Spanish Parliament, a position to which he was reelected in successive elections during 1989, 1993, 1996 and 2000. He was appointed Secretary General of the Socialist Federation of León in 1989, a position he held until 2000. He then became the Secretary General for PSOE and President of the Socialist Parliamentary Group in the lower chamber (2000).
José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero has been part of the Ombudsman, the Constitutional, and the Justice and Domestic Commissions at the Spanish national Parliament, also serving as Spokesperson of the Commissions on Justice and Public Administration.
He was elected President of the Government of Spain at the general elections held on March 14, 2004, and re-elected four years after for a second term. He left office in November 2011.