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Minister for Justice

Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón

Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón

Born in Madrid on 11 December 1958.

Married with four children.


  • Bachelor of Law. He is a practising lawyer.
  • Member of the Public Prosecution Service on Voluntary Leave of Absence.

Professional experience

  • Member of the Lower House for Madrid during the 10th Legislature.
  • Mayor of Madrid since June 2003. By virtue of this position, he holds the Presidency of the Union of Ibero-American Capital Cities.
  • President of the Region of Madrid since July 1995, having been re-elected in July 1999.
  • He has been the Spokesperson for the Popular Parliamentary Group in the Upper House of Parliament and in the Madrid Assembly.
  • Member of the Upper House of Parliament between 1987 and 1995.
  • Member of the National Executive Committee of the Partido Popular.
  • He was elected Councillor of Madrid City Council in 1983 and was a Member of the Madrid Assembly from 1987 until 2003.
  • He joined the recently-created Alianza Popular in 1977. He has held numerous positions of responsibility within the party: Member of the Executive and General Secretary in 1986; Vice-President in 1987; and Member of the National Executive Committee in 1989. He currently forms part of the Management Committee (since 2008).