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Minister of Defence

María Dolores de Cospedal García

Pool Moncloa/Diego Crespo

Born on 13 December 1965 in Madrid.

Married. One child.

Studies

Law degree and State's Attorney.

Professional experience

  • State Lawyer in the Basque Country in 1991.
  • Entered the legal services department of the Ministry of Public Works, Transport and the Environment in 1992
    Chief State Lawyer at the Ministry of Social Affairs (1994-1996).
  • Advisor to the Office of the Minister for Employment and Social Affairs until 1997.
  • Labour and Social Affairs Councilor at the Spanish Embassy in the United States in 1998.
  • Appointed Technical Secretary General at the Ministry for Employment and Social Affairs in 1999.
  • Under-Secretary for Public Administration Services (2000-2002).
  • Under-Secretary for the Ministry of Home Affairs (2002-2004).
  • State Lawyer before the Court of Human Rights (2004-2005).
  • Councillor for Transport and Infrastructure in the Regional Government of Madrid (2004-2006).
  • PP Chair in Castile-La Mancha since June 2006.
  • Member of the Upper House for the Regional Government of Castile-La Mancha (2006-2011).
  • Member of the Parliament of Castile-La Mancha (2007-2015).
  • General Secretary of the People's Party (Partido Popular) since June 2008.
  • President of the Regional Government of Castile-La Mancha (2011-2015).
  • Member of Parliament in the 11th and 12th Legislatures.
  • Minister for Defence since 4 November 2016.