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José María Barreda

President of Castile-La Mancha
Assumed office 
29 April 2004
Preceded by José Bono Martínez

In office
21 June 1991 – 8 July 1997
Preceded by José Manuel Martínez Cenzano
Succeeded by María del Carmen Blázquez

Born 4 February 1953 ( 1953 -02-04) (age 57)
Ciudad Real, Castile-La Mancha, Spain
Political party Spanish Socialist Workers' Party

José María Barreda Fontes (born 4 February 1953) is a Spanish politician and academic. A member of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party, he is currently the President of the autonomous community of Castile-La Mancha.[1]



Barreda, who was born in Ciudad Real, holds a doctorate in history and geography and a BA in philosophy and letters from the Complutense University of Madrid.[2] He received a scholarship from the Spanish National Research Council to fund his post-doctoral research and is currently a tenured professor of contemporary history at the University of Castile-La Mancha.[2]

Barreda met his wife, Clementina Díez de Baldeón, a socialist deputy for the Province of Ciudad Real, while still at university; the couple have two children.[2]

Political career

Barreda's first elected position was to the municipal council of Ciudad Real, a post he held from 1983-1987.[3] During that period, he was the Minister for Education and Culture in the first regional Government of José Bono Martínez.[3] As a Minister, he oversaw the creation of the University of Castile-La Mancha, launched the regional network of libraries, cultural centres, theatres and auditoria, and organised the conversion of the library at the Alcázar of Toledo (which now houses the second-largest library holdings in Spain).[3]

Barreda became the regional Minister for Institutional Relations in January 1988; he only held the portfolio for four months, however, as he become the region's vice-president in May of the same year.[4] He served as vice-president until November 1989, when the Cortes of Castile-La Mancha—the regional parliament—appointed him to be one of the region's two representatives in the Spanish Senate.[4] He returned to Castile-La Mancha in June 1991 to serve as the President of the Cortes Regionales.[4] Barreda remained in the post until July 1997, when he was forced to resign following his appointment as the regional general-secretary of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party.[4] Following the 1999 regional elections, Barreda returned to his old post of vice-president of Castile-La Mancha.[4]

President of Castile-La Mancha

In April 2004, after more than 20 years as President of Castile-La Mancha, Bono was named as the Minister of Defence in José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero newly-elected government.[4] Barreda took over from Bono as President of Castile-La Mancha and was his party's candidate in the 2007 regional elections, where he retained his position, albeit with a reduced majority.[4]


  1. ^ Miguel Ángel Marfull (2 February 2010). "Barreda incomoda al PSOE al pedir a Zapatero otro Gobierno" (in Spanish). Público. Retrieved 15 February 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c José María Barreda (5 March 2009). "José María Barreda - Mi Perfil" (in Spanish). Retrieved 14 February 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c "Presidencia de la Junta" (in Spanish). Gobiermo de Castile-La Mancha. 2 July 2007. Retrieved 14 February 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "José María Barreda Fontes". 12 March 2008. Retrieved 15 February 2010. 

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