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José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero

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The Most Excellent
Don José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero

Prime Minister of Spain
In office
17 April 2004 – 21 December 2011
Monarch Juan Carlos I of Spain
Deputy María Teresa Fernández de la Vega
Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba
Elena Salgado
Preceded by José María Aznar
Succeeded by Mariano Rajoy
Leader of the Opposition
In office
1 July 2000 – 17 April 2004
Prime Minister José María Aznar
Preceded by Joaquín Almunia
Succeeded by Mariano Rajoy
Member of the Congress of Deputies
In office
14 March 2004 – 20 November 2011
Constituency Madrid
In office
22 June 1986 – 14 March 2004
Constituency León
Personal details
Born 4 August 1960 (1960-08-04) (age 59)
Valladolid, Spain
Political party Spanish Socialist Workers' Party
Spouse(s) Sonsoles Espinosa (1990–present)
Children Laura
Alma mater University of León

Don José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero (Loudspeaker.png listen (info • help); born 4 August 1960 in Valladolid) is a Spanish politician. He was elected for two terms as Prime Minister of Spain. This was in the 2004 and 2008 general elections. On 2 April 2011 he said he would not stand for re-election. His party is the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE).

He left the office on 21st December 2011.[1] He was succeeded by Mariano Rajoy. He left the PSOE's Secretary General chair on 4th February 2012 to Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba.[2] On 9th February he entered the Spanish Council of State. [3]

Important actions of his government have included withdrawing Spanish troops from Iraq, legalizing same-sex marriages[4] and negotiating with Basque terrorist group ETA.[5]

He studied Law at the University of León, graduating in 1982. Rodríguez Zapatero met Sonsoles Espinosa in León in 1981. They married on 27 January 1990 and have two daughters named Laura (b. 1993) and Alba (b. 1995).

Zapatero is a supporter of FC Barcelona.[6][7]


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