Ana Botella

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Ana Botella
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Botella in 2013
Second Lady of Spain
In office
11 January 1996 – 17 April 2006
Prime MinisterJosé María Aznar
Preceded byCarmen Romero López
Succeeded bySonsoles Espinosa
Mayor of Madrid
In office
27 December 2011 – 13 June 2015
Preceded byAlberto Ruiz-Gallardón
Manuel Cobo (interim)
Succeeded byManuela Carmena
Personal details
Born (1953-07-23) 23 July 1953 (age 67)
Madrid, Spain
Political partyPeople's Alliance (1978–1989)
People's Party (since 1989)
(m. 1977)
Alma materComplutense University of Madrid
  • Public servant
  • politician

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


Early life[edit]

Botella in 1996 in La Moncloa

Born in Madrid on 23 July 1953,[1] she took her basic education in an elite school managed by the Congregation of Jesus (called the "Irish Mothers" in Spain).[2]

She studied Law in the Complutense University of Madrid. After graduating, she passed a public examination to the Corps of Civil Administrators of the State,[3] becoming a public servant. She married José María Aznar in 1977.[4] She became a member of People's Alliance in 1978.[5]

She served for 14 years as civil servant in different administrative bodies, namely the Ministry of the Interior, the Civil Governance of Logroño, the Ministry of Public Works, the Delegation of the Ministry of Finance in Valladolid and the Ministry of Finance.[6]

Politics of Madrid[edit]

In April 2013 before a plenary meeting of the city council

Botella 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).[7] 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.[8] Botella was an outspoken climate change skeptic.[9]

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.

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.[10]

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. Their daughter married businessman Alejandro Agag at the royal site of El Escorial on 5 September 2002.[11] Ana Botella has four grandchildren by her daughter.[citation needed]

Electoral history[edit]

Electoral history of Ana Botella
Election List Constituency List position Result
Madrid local election, 2003 PP - 3rd (out of 55)[12] Elected
Madrid local election, 2007 PP - 2nd (out of 57)[13] Elected
Madrid local election, 2011 PP - 2nd (out of 57)[14] Elected


  1. ^ Ceballos-Escalera y Gila (2003). "La familia de José María Aznar. Presidente del Gobierno (notas para una genealogía aragonesa y navarra)" (PDF). Cuadernos de Ayala. Madrid: Federación Española de Genealogía, Heráldica y Ciencias Históricas: 7–11. ISSN 1576-2068.
  2. ^ "El poder femenino en Madrid del 'clan de las irlandesas': Botella, la 'black' Cafranga, la mujer de González..." El Plural. 16 February 2015.
  3. ^ Treceño, Jaime G. (21 December 2011). "La hora de la ex primera dama". El Mundo.
  4. ^ Elola, Joseba (16 March 2012). "Incógnita Botella". El País.
  5. ^ "Con marcado perfil social". El Mundo. 9 January 2003.
  6. ^ Treceño (21 December 2011). "La hora de la ex primera damafirst=Jaime G." El Mundo.
  7. ^ (in Spanish) Ana Botella será la nueva concejala de Medio Ambiente de Madrid 20minutos
  8. ^ Sarah Rainsford (2011), "Madrid in smog warning to commuters"
  9. ^ Ana Botella, Deeply Unpopular Madrid Mayor, A Study In Political Falls From Grace
  10. ^ May 2015 elections for mayor
  11. ^ "In pictures: Aznar's daughter marries" 2002 report, BBC
  12. ^ "Madrid. Candidaturas proclamadas" (PDF). Boletín Oficial de la Comunidad de Madrid (100): 213–221. 29 April 2003. ISSN 1989-4791.
  13. ^ "Zona de Madrid. Candidaturas proclamadas" (PDF). Boletín Oficial de la Comunidad de Madrid (162): 254–280. 1 May 2007. ISSN 1989-4791.
  14. ^ "Madrod. Elecciones Locales 2011. Candidaturas proclamadas" (PDF). Boletín Oficial de la Comunidad de Madrid (97): 412–437. 26 April 2011. ISSN 1989-4791.


  • 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
Political offices
Preceded by
Manuel Cobo (acting)
Mayor of Madrid
27 December 2011 – 13 June 2015
Succeeded by
Manuela Carmena