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José Bono

Assumed office 
March 31, 2008
President José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero
Preceded by Manuel Marín

Born December 14, 1950 (1950-12-14) (age 59)
Salobre, Albacete
Nationality Spanish
Political party Spanish Socialist Workers' Party
Spouse(s) Ana Rodríguez Mosquera
Religion Catholic

José Bono Martínez (born December 14, 1950) is a Spanish politician, born in Salobre, Albacete. A member of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE), he is the President of the Congress of Deputies. Before that, he was the Minister of Defence of Spain from April 18, 2004, in the Government chaired by José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. He left his ministerial post on April 7, 2006, and was replaced by former Minister of Interior, José Antonio Alonso. Bono had previously served as President of the Autonomous Community of Castilla-La Mancha from June 6, 1983 to April 17, 2004. During his period as a member of the Government, José Bono was involved in certain controversial events, some of them regarding his role as Minister of Defence (e.g. the controversy created by the public declarations of Lt. General José Mena Aguado about the 1978 Spanish Constitution, defending the possibility of an intervention of the armed forces to maintain the territorial integrity of Spain), and others regarding his membership of the Socialist Workers' Party, the most significant of them being the detention of two members of the Popular Party (PP) who were participating with him in a popular demonstration, after they had allegedly attempted to assault him. He was elected President of the Congress of Deputies on April 1, 2008.

Political offices
Preceded by
Jesús Fuentes Lázaro
President of Castile-La Mancha
1983 - 2004
Succeeded by
José María Barreda Fontes
Preceded by
Federico Trillo
Defence Minister of Spain
2004 - 2006
Succeeded by
José Antonio Alonso
Preceded by
Manuel Marín
President of the Congress of Deputies
Spanish Congress of Deputies
Preceded by
Title jointly held
Deputy for Albacete province
1979 – 1983
Succeeded by
Title jointly held
Preceded by
Title jointly held
Deputy for Toledo province
2008 – Present
Succeeded by
Title jointly held

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