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José Montilla


Incumbent
Assumed office 
28 November 2006
Vice President Josep-Lluís Carod-Rovira
Preceded by Pasqual Maragall

In office
1985 – 17 April 2004
Preceded by Frederic Prieto
Succeeded by Antonio Balmón i Arévalo

13th Minister of Industry
In office
17 April 2004 – 8 September 2006
President José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero
Preceded by Juan Costa Climent
Succeeded by Joan Clos

Born January 15, 1955 (1955-01-15) (age 55)
Iznájar, Córdoba
Political party Socialists' Party of Catalonia
Spouse(s) Anna Hernández
Children Three sons and two daughters
Occupation Politician
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José Montilla Aguilera (born 15 January 1955 in Iznájar, Córdoba, Spain) is the current president of the Generalitat de Catalunya. He has been the First Secretary of the Partit dels Socialistes de Catalunya since 18 June 2000, and a member of the Federal Executive Committee and the Federal Committee of the PSOE since 23 July 2000. He served as Minister of Industry, Tourism and Trade in the government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero from 18 April 2004 until 9 September 2006. He is married and has five children.

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Childhood and youth (1955-1978)

At the age of sixteen, he moved from his native Andalusia to Catalonia and settled in Sant Joan Despí.

His higher education began with vocational training, but later he studied Law for one year and Economics for two years at the University of Barcelona. He himself has said that he gave up his university career as he was working and studying at the same time.

Local politics (1978-2004)

Having joined the Socialists' Party of Catalonia in 1978, two years later he became a member of the party's National Council.

At the age of 25, he was appointed Deputy mayor for Local Taxation in Sant Joan Despí, where he was also the spokesman of the Socialist group on the council. Subsequently, between 1985 and April 2004, he was mayor of Cornellà de Llobregat. In the 1999 elections and again in 2003 he was re-elected with an absolute majority.

In 1988, after the creation of the Consells Comarcals (District Councils), he was elected president of the District Council of Baix Llobregat, a post he occupied until late 1997. He became a member of the Diputació de Barcelona (Provincial Council) in 1983 as Provincial Deputy for Public Works. In 1987, he was appointed second vice-president of the Diputació and in 1991 he became delegate president for Agriculture and the Environment, a post to which he was appointed again in 1995.

In 1999, he was appointed First Vice-president, and he was President of the Diputació from 1 July 2003.

In 1994, he was elected Secretary for Organization of his party, and he has been First Secretary of the party since 18 June 2000.

Minister (2004-2006)

After the 2003 election to the Parliament of Catalonia and the constitution of the "Tripartite Government" of the Socialists' Party of Catalonia (PSC), Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya and Iniciativa per Catalunya Verds and his appointment as a central government minister in 2004, he became the PSC strong-man in the central government in Madrid, sitting in the national parliament as deputy for Barcelona district from 2004 to 2006.

His appointment in April 2004 as minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism meant he resigned all his posts in the local administration. He combined his work as minister with the post of First Secretary of the PSC and member of the Federal Executive of the PSOE.

Return to Catalan politics

After Pasqual Maragall announced that he would not stand again as candidate for president of the Generalitat de Catalunya, the National Committee of the PSC elected him[1] as candidate for the presidency of Catalonia in the elections of 1 November 2006. In these elections no party obtained an absolute majority, and the PSC won only the second-largest number of seats after CiU; however, the PSC again reached an agreement with Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya and Iniciativa per Catalunya to form a coalition government, with Montilla at its head. He officially took office as president on Tuesday, 28 November 2006, and he is the first President of the Generalitat in modern times to have been born outside Catalonia.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Pasqual Maragall
President of the Generalitat de Catalunya
2006 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Juan Costa Climent
Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism
2004 – 2006
Succeeded by
Joan Clos
Preceded by
Frederic Prieto
Mayor of Cornellà de Llobregat
1985 - 2004
Succeeded by
Antonio Balmón i Arévalo
Preceded by
Manel Royes i Vila
President of the Diputació de Barcelona
2003 - 2004
Succeeded by
Celestino Corbacho
Party political offices
Preceded by
Narcís Serra
First Secretary of PSC
2000 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Pasqual Maragall
President of PSC (acting)
2007 – 2008
Succeeded by
Isidre Molas


 
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