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Miguel Ángel Revilla
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Official photo of the President of Cantabria, Miguel Ángel Revilla
7th and 9th
President of Cantabria

3 July 2015
Ignacio Diego

27 June 2003 - 23 June 2011
José Joaquín Martínez Sieso
Ignacio Diego
Personal details
Born
Miguel Ángel Revilla Roiz

(1943-01-23) 23 January 1943 (age 78)
Polaciones (Cantabria), Spain
NationalitySpain
Political partyPRC
Spouse(s)Aurora Díaz
Alma materUniversity of the Basque Country

Miguel Ángel Revilla Roiz (born 23 January 1943 in Polaciones) is a Spanish politician, economist and bank employee serving as the 9th President of the Autonomous Community of Cantabria.[1] Before this, Revilla has served as the 7th President between 2003 and 2011, being the person who has been the longest time in the Presidency of Cantabria. He has also served as the 5th Vice President of Cantabria from 1995 to 2003 and regional Minister of Public Works, Housing and Urbanism in the same period.

Revilla is member and one of the founders of the Regionalist Party of Cantabria, being a Member of the Parliament of Cantabria since 1983, Spokesperson of the Party in the Parliament from 1983 to 1995 and Secretary-General of the Party since 1988.

Biography

Personal life and studies

Revilla was born in Salceda, a small town of the municipality of Polaciones, in 1943, when the province was called Santander. Revilla studied in the University of the Basque Country, where he graduated in Economic and Business Sciences and in banking and stock exchange.

Between 1974 and 1982 he was the director of the Banco Atlántico in the City of Torrelavega. Likewise, he was professor of Economic Structure in the School of Business Management of Santander before joining the University of Cantabria, where he served as Associated Professor of Economic Policy and Public Finances until 1995.

Revilla has three daughters, two of them from his first marriage and the youngest from his second marriage with Aurora Díaz Abella.

Political career

In 1971 he was the Delegate of the Spanish Syndical Organization (OSE) in Torrelavega.[2]

In 1976, he was a founder of the Association in Defense of the Interests of Cantabria (ADIC), a pioneer organization in the defense of the autonomy of Cantabria, and later of the Regionalist Party of Cantabria (PRC), founded in 1978. In the fourth Regional Congress, on 20 March 1988, Miguel Ángel Revilla was elected for the first time as Secretary-General, a position that he has occupied uninterruptedly since then, with the ratification of the successive congresses.

He has served as Vice President and the Ministry of Public Works in the Government of Cantabria from 1995 to 2003 in two consecutive terms in a coalition government with the People's Party.

In the 2003 regional elections his party obtained the highest vote increase: 60 percent more than in the previous elections. On 27 June 2003, despite his party being the third most voted, Miguel Ángel Revilla, after a coalition with Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE), was elected as the 7th President of Cantabria. In the 2007 regional elections, PRC rose to second place, with a result that again gave them enough seats to form a coalition with the PSOE, being re-elected in June that year as president.

Revilla and his party did not run for the 2008 general election, although he publicly showed support to José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero.[3] According to the Centre for Sociological Research, in 2010 he was the most valorated regional leader.[4]

In the 2011 regional elections, PRC was also the second party, but the People's Party (PP) obtained an absolute majority and Revilla served as Leader of the Opposition from 2011 to 2015. In the 2015 regional elections, PP lost the absolute majority and PRC remained the second party; Revilla was elected president again with the support of PSOE to serve for a third term.

He ran for re-election in the 2019 regional elections, winning for the first time the elections and, with an agreement with the Socialist Party, Revilla was re-elected President for a fourth term.[5]

Television celebrity

Thanks to his personality, Revilla has become a national television personality. He started as a commentator of current events and political affairs in the late night talk show Buenafuente, from 2007 to 2009. From 2010 to 2011 he was a guest in the television shows El Programa de Ana Rosa and La Noria. The money obtained from such collaborations was donated entirely to the Economic Kitchen of Santander (a non-profit organization to feed poor people).[6]

Since 2013, he has appeared as a commentator on the program La Sexta Noche, as well as on Las Mañanas de Cuatro. Other shows that have featured Revilla include Abre los ojos y mira, Todo va bien, Viajando con Chester, Hable con ellas or Dos días y una noche.

In November 2014, he hosted his own program: Este país merece la pena.

He has also appeared as a guest on entertainment shows such as Mi casa es la tuya or El Hormiguero.

Books

Apart from its political and television career, Revilla is also a writer. His books are mainly focused on politics, although some are about economy or his personal experiences.

  • The economy of Cantabria (1978).
  • No one is more than anyone (2012).[7]
  • The jungle of the smart ones (2014).
  • This country is worth it (2014).
  • Being happy is not expensive (2016).
  • Uncensored (2018).[8]

References

  1. ^ "Miguel Ángel Revilla: Candidato del PRC a la presidencia de Cantabria". El País (in Spanish). Prisa. 13 May 2007. Archived from the original on 20 May 2011. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ Albiol, J. "La pasión franquista de Revilla - ABC.es". ABC (in Spanish). Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Revilla asegura que le 'encantaría' que Zapatero 'siguiese siendo' presidente del Gobierno". 2008-02-12. Archived from the original on 2008-02-12. Retrieved .
  4. ^ País, Ediciones El (2010-07-17). "Revilla, el presidente mejor valorado, y Rivero el peor, según el CIS". El País (in Spanish). ISSN 1134-6582. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "Revilla, elegido presidente de Cantabria por cuarta vez con el apoyo del PSOE". La Vanguardia. 2019-06-27. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "Revilla se estrena hoy en 'La Noria' y destinará el dinero del programa a la Cocina Económica". El Diario Montañes (in Spanish). 2011-02-05. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Miguel Ángel Revilla presenta en Santiago su libro de memorias 'Nadie es más que nadie'". El Correo Gallego (in Spanish). 16 April 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  8. ^ "El nuevo libro de Miguel Ángel Revilla, 'Sin censura', sale mañana a la venta". Europa Press (in Spanish). 4 April 2018. Retrieved 2018.
Political offices
Preceded by
Roberto Bedoya
Vice President of Cantabria
1995-2003
Succeeded by
Lola Gorostiaga
Preceded by
Ángel Madariaga
Regional Minister of Public Works
1995-2003
Succeeded by
José María Mazón
Preceded by
José Joaquín Martínez Sieso
President of Cantabria
2003-2011
Succeeded by
Ignacio Diego
Preceded by
Ignacio Diego
President of Cantabria
2015-present
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Eduardo Obregón
Secretary-General of the PRC
1988-present
Incumbent

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