Jorge Fernández Díaz

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Jorge Fernández Díaz
(Jorge Fernández Díaz) Sáenz de Santamaría y el ministro del Interior reciben al vicepresidente del Consejo de Ministros y ministro del Interior del Gobierno de Italia. Pool Moncloa. 25 de noviembre de 2013 (cropped).jpeg
Minister of the Interior
In office
22 December 2011 – 4 November 2016
MonarchJuan Carlos I (2011–2014)
Felipe VI (2014–2016)
Prime MinisterMariano Rajoy
Preceded byAntonio Camacho Vizcaíno
Succeeded byJuan Ignacio Zoido
Member of the Congress of Deputies
In office
28 October 1989 – 21 May 2019
Member of the Parliament of Catalonia
for the Province of Barcelona
In office
29 April 1984 – 28 October 1989
Personal details
Born (1950-04-06) 6 April 1950 (age 70)
Valladolid, Spain
Political partyPartido Popular
Alma materTechnical University College of Barcelona

Jorge Fernández Díaz (born 6 April 1950) is a Spanish politician and a member of the Partido Popular (PP).[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Born on 6 April 1950 in Valladolid, he was the son of a military officer and Deputy Inspector-Chief of the Barcelona's Urban Guard in Francoist Spain,[2] and the second of ten children.[3] He moved to Barcelona at the age of 3 and studied industrial engineering at the Technical University College of Barcelona.[4] He is the brother of Alberto Fernández Díaz, a former PP leader in Catalonia.[5] Jorge holds an industrial engineering degree.[4] He was the chairman of the Catalan PP from 1989 to 1991 and under-minister from 1996 to 2004. He is also a member of Opus Dei.[6]


Díaz started his career working as an engineer and civil servant.[4] He is a member of the People's Party and has been a member of the Spanish parliament since 1989.[5] In 1983, he became the elected leader of Alianza Popular's Barcelona regional branch.[4] The following year Díaz began to serve as a deputy in the Catalan Parliament for Alianza Popular.[4] From 1986 to 1989 he was also a senator.[4] In 1988 he was again elected to the Catalan Parliament, but for the newly founded People's Party.[4] In 1989 he left regional political offices and he was elected to the congress of deputies as a representative of Barcelona in the 1989 general elections.[4] He served as secretary of state in all cabinets headed by José María Aznar.[5] From 2008 to 2011 he was one of the vice presidents of congress.[4] He was the top candidate on the party's Barcelona list in the November 2011 general election.[5]

Díaz was appointed minister of interior to the cabinet led by prime minister Mariano Rajoy in December 2011.[7]

On 21 June 2016, five days before the general elections, as head of list of PP by Barcelona, he was involved in a conspiracy case against the parties of the independence of Catalonia to create corruption scandals that he, with the head of Office Against Corruption of Catalonia, had manipulated. He said that the Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, and leader of the Popular Party, knew the fact.[8]

Often the interior minister has been criticized by numerous political persecution against political parties as Podemos, whose complaints have been filed without any importance.[9]


Díaz is a conservative and religious politician. In March 2013, Díaz argued that the law on redefining traditional marriage is not acceptable due to religious concerns but due to rational concerns.[10]

He is a supernumerary member of the Opus Dei.[11]


  1. ^ "Minister of the Interior" (in English and Spanish). La Moncloa, Office of the Spanish Prime Minister. Retrieved 4 March 2013.
  2. ^ Ortega Dolz, Patricia (3 November 2016). "Fernández Díaz, el ministro amortizado". El País.
  3. ^ "Jorge Fernández Diaz, the Catalayud Minister" (in Spanish). ABC. 26 January 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Fourth European Summit on Private Security Services" (PDF). CoESS. 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 February 2014. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d Coll, Gaspar Pericay (8 November 2011). "The main Catalan candidates for the Spanish elections". Catalan News Agency. Barcelona. Archived from the original on 28 June 2013. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
  6. ^ "PP backs away from minister's "personal opinions" on gay marriage". El País. 4 March 2013. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  7. ^ "Spain names ex-Lehman executive as economy minister". BBC. 21 December 2011. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
  8. ^ Bayo, Carlos Enrique; López, Patricia (22 June 2016). "Jorge Fernández Díaz: "El presidente del Gobierno lo sabe"". Publico (in Spanish). Retrieved 31 March 2020.
  9. ^ "Fernández Díaz conspiró con el jefe de la Oficina Antifraude catalana para fabricar escándalos contra ERC y CDC".
  10. ^ Govan, Fiona (4 March 2013). "Spanish interior minister says 'survival of species' at stake in gay marriage row". The Telegraph. Madrid. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
  11. ^ "El Papa veta a Fernández Díaz como embajador en el Vaticano porque no se fía del Opus Dei".

External links[edit]

Media related to Jorge Fernández Díaz at Wikimedia Commons

Political offices
Preceded by
Antonio Camacho Vizcaíno
Minister of the Interior
Succeeded by
Juan Ignacio Zoido