Miguel Arias Cañete
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Born in Madrid, he studied at the Jesuit School in the Chamartín neighborhood of Madrid. Later, Arias Cañete obtained a Law degree from the Universidad Complutense. Subsequently, in 1974, obtained a civil servant position as a Government Lawyer. He worked first at the Spanish Tax Agency offices in Jerez de la Frontera, and later in the city of Cadiz. In 1978 he left government service to become a Law Professor at the University of Jerez de la Frontera, where he remained until 1982 when he started his political career joining the Alianza Popular party.
He is married with Micaela Domecq Solís-Beaumont and they have three children. His wife's family has strong roots in Andalusia (Jerez de la Frontera area), where they own large farming and livestock estates (including bullfighting bulls) and give name to a world-famous brand of wines.
In politics Arias Cañete served first as representative in the Parliament of Andalusia from 1982 until 1986, resigning upon being elected to the European Parliament where he served until 1999 and presided over the Agricultural and Regional Politics commissions. He then served in the Spanish senate from 1993 until 2000 when was appointed as Minister of Agriculture and Fishing in the governments of José María Aznar. He served as a representative from Cadiz district in the 2004-2008 Spanish congress before being elected at the 2008 election from the Madrid Region district, which he currently represents. After the 2011 General Election he is serving as the minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment in the Mariano Rajoy Government.
- Representative from the Cádiz district in the Andalusian Parliament. (1982-1986)
- Senator from Cádiz in the Spanish Senate. (1982-1986)
- Member of the European Parliament. (1986-1999)
- Member of the City Council of Jerez de la Frontera. (1995-2000)
- Senator from Cádiz in the Spanish Senate. (2000-2004)
- Representative from the Cádiz district in the Spanish Congress. (2004-2008)
- Economy Secretary of the Partido Popular. (2004-2008)
- President of the Electoral Committee of the Partido Popular. (2004-2008)
- Representative from the Madrid district in the Spanish Congress. (Since 2008)