María Dolores de Cospedal

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María Dolores Cospedal
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Minister of Defence
Assumed office
4 November 2016
Monarch Felipe VI
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy
Preceded by Pedro Morenés
Secretary-General of the People's Party
Assumed office
21 June 2008
Preceded by Ángel Acebes
3rd President of Castile-La Mancha
In office
22 June 2011 – 1 July 2015
Preceded by José María Barreda
Succeeded by Emiliano García-Page
Member of the Congress of Deputies
Assumed office
12 January 2016
Member of the Senate
In office
12 September 2006 – 22 June 2011
Personal details
Born María Dolores Cospedal García
(1965-12-13) 13 December 1965 (age 51)
Madrid, Spain
Nationality Spanish
Political party People's Party
Spouse(s) Ignacio López del Hierro (m. 2009)
Children Ricardo
Alma mater CEU San Pablo University
Occupation Jurist

María Dolores Cospedal García (born 13 December 1965) is a Spanish politician who is the Minister of Defense of Spain and the Secretary-General of the People's Party.

At a certain point she started calling herself "de Cospedal" in public which sounded more aristocratic but more recently she has reverted to plain "Cospedal".[1][2][3]

She was chosen as the People's Party (PP) candidate in the 2011 regional elections, for the presidency of the autonomous community of Castile-La Mancha. She obtained a majority with 48.13% of the votes which meant that for the first time in the history of democratic Spain the PP would govern the Junta of Communities of Castile-La Mancha (JCCM).

She also got the most votes in the 2015 regional elections, but she did not obtain absolute majority and PSOE's Emiliano García-Page was invested President of Castile-La Mancha thanks to an agreement with Podemos.

On 3 November 2016, Cospedal was appointed Minister of Defense by PM Mariano Rajoy.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Francisco Granados
Regional Minister of Transports
Succeeded by
Elvia Rodríguez
Preceded by
José María Barreda
President of Castile-La Mancha
Succeeded by
Emiliano García-Page
Party political offices
Preceded by
José Manuel Molina
President of the People's Party of Castile-La Mancha
Preceded by
Ángel Acebes
Secretary-General of the People's Party