Miguel Ángel Revilla
|7th and 9th |
President of Cantabria
3 July 2015
27 June 2003 - 23 June 2011
|José Joaquín Martínez Sieso|
Miguel Ángel Revilla Roiz
23 January 1943
Polaciones (Cantabria), Spain
|Alma mater||University 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. 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.
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.
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.
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. According to the Centre for Sociological Research, in 2010 he was the most valorated regional leader.
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.
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).
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.
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.
| Vice President of Cantabria
| Regional Minister of Public Works
José María Mazón
José Joaquín Martínez Sieso
| President of Cantabria
| President of Cantabria
|Party political offices|
| Secretary-General of the PRC