Jorge Fernández Díaz

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Jorge Fernández Díaz
Minister of the Interior
Assumed office
22 December 2011
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy
Preceded by Antonio Camacho Vizcaíno
Personal details
Born (1950-04-06) 6 April 1950 (age 65)
Valladolid, Spain
Political party Partido Popular
Alma mater Technical University College of Barcelona
Religion Roman Catholicism

Jorge Fernández Díaz (born 6 April 1950 in Valladolid, Spain) is a Spanish politician and a member of the Partido Popular (PP).[1] Since November 2011 he has been Minister of the Interior of Spain.

Early life and education[edit]

He was born in Valladolid on 6 April 1950 as son of a Franquist member of the military and was second of ten children.[2] He moved to Barcelona at the age of 3 and studied industrial engineering at the Technical University College of Barcelona.[3] He is the brother of Alberto Fernández Díaz, a former PP leader in Catalonia.[4] Jorge holds an industrial engineering degree.[3] 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.[5]


Díaz started his career working as an engineer and civil servant.[3] He is a member of the People's Party and has been a member of the Spanish parliament since 1989.[4] In 1983, he became the elected leader of Alianza Popular's Barcelona regional branch.[3] The following year Díaz began to serve as a deputy in the Catalan Parliament for Alianza Popular.[3] From 1986 to 1989 he was also a senator.[3] In 1988 he was again elected to the Catalan Parliament, but for the newly founded People's Party.[3] 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.[3] He served as deputy minister in all cabinets headed by José María Aznar.[4] From 2008 to 2011 he was one of the vice presidents of congress.[3] He was the top candidate on the party's Barcelona list in the November 2011 general election.[4]

Díaz was appointed minister of interior to the cabinet led by prime minister Mariano Rajoy in December 2011.[6]


Díaz is a conservative and religious politician. In March 2013, Díaz argued that the law on gay marriage is not acceptable due to religious concerns but due to rational concerns.[7]


  1. ^ "Minister of the Interior" (in English and Spanish). La Moncloa, Office of the Spanish Prime Minister. Retrieved 2013-03-04. 
  2. ^ "Jorge Fernández Diaz, the Catalayud Minister" (in Spanish). ABC. 2012-01-26. Retrieved 2013-03-04. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Fourth European Summit on Private Security Services" (PDF). CoESS. 2013. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d Coll, Gaspar Pericay (8 November 2011). "The main Catalan candidates for the Spanish elections". Catalan News Agency (Barcelona). Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "PP backs away from minister’s "personal opinions" on gay marriage". El País. 2013-03-04. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  6. ^ "Spain names ex-Lehman executive as economy minister". BBC. 21 December 2011. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  7. ^ 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. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Antonio Camacho Vizcaíno
Minister of the Interior