Ana Botella

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Ana Botella
Ana Botella 2012 (cropped).jpg
Botella in 2012
Mayor of Madrid
In office
27 December 2011 – 13 June 2015
Preceded by Manuel Cobo (interim)
Succeeded by Manuela Carmena
Personal details
Born (1953-07-23) 23 July 1953 (age 65)
Madrid, Spain
Nationality Spanish
Political party People's Party
Children 3
Residence Madrid, Spain
Alma mater Complutense University of Madrid
Profession Public servant, lawyer

Ana Botella Serrano (born 23 July 1953) is a Spanish politician belonging to the Spanish People's Party and the first female Mayor of Madrid, from December 2011 to June 2015.

Political career[edit]

Botella was sworn in as mayor on 27 December 2011, after having been deputy mayor to Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, mayor of the capital from 2003, who had resigned to serve as Justice Minister in the new government formed by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. She was not elected to the office of mayor and was, in effect, appointed, which caused considerable controversy as to her legitimacy.

Botella has served on the Madrid City Council since 2003 where, as well as being deputy mayor, she also headed the Departments of Social Services (2003-2007) and of the Environment (2007-2011).[1] She was criticised for failure to tackle Madrid's air pollution which frequently exceeded permitted levels while she was responsible for the city's environment.[2] Botella was an outspoken climate change skeptic. [3]

On 9 September 2014 Ana Botella called a press conference after having cancelled all her appointments where she announced that she would not be running in the May 2015 municipal elections for mayor.[4]

Family life[edit]

Botella and former Spanish prime minister José María Aznar have been married since 1977 and have three children: José María, Ana, and Alonso. Her daughter married Alejandro Agag at the royal site of El Escorial on 5 September 2002.[5] Ana Botella has four grandchildren by her daughter.[citation needed]



  • Botella, Ana. Mis ocho años en La Moncloa

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
Carmen Romero
Spouse of the Prime Minister of Spain
Succeeded by
Sonsoles Espinosa
Civic offices
Preceded by
Manuel Cobo
Mayor of Madrid
Succeeded by
Manuela Carmena