José Bono Martínez

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José Bono
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President of the Congress of Deputies
In office
March 31, 2008 – December 13, 2011
Monarch Juan Carlos I
Preceded by Manuel Marín
Succeeded by Jesús Posada
Personal details
Born (1950-12-14) December 14, 1950 (age 64)
Salobre, Albacete
Nationality Spanish
Political party PSOE
Spouse(s) Ana Rodríguez Mosquera
Religion Roman Catholicism
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Bono and the second or maternal family name is Martínez.

José Bono Martínez (born December 14, 1950) is a Spanish politician, born in Salobre, Albacete. A member of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE), he was the President of the Congress of Deputies during the 9th Legislature. Before that, he was the Minister of Defence of Spain from April 18, 2004, in the Government chaired by José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. He left his ministerial post on April 7, 2006, and was replaced by former Minister of Interior, José Antonio Alonso. Bono had previously served as President of the Autonomous Community of Castile-La Mancha from June 6, 1983 to April 17, 2004. During his period as a member of the Government, José Bono was involved in certain controversial events, some of them regarding his role as Minister of Defence (e.g. the controversy created by the public declarations of Lt. General José Mena Aguado about the 1978 Spanish Constitution, defending the possibility of an intervention of the armed forces to maintain the territorial integrity of Spain), and others regarding his membership of the Socialist Workers' Party, the most significant of them being the detention of two members of the Popular Party (PP) who were participating with him in a popular demonstration, after they had allegedly attempted to assault him. He was elected President of the Congress of Deputies on April 1, 2008.[1][2]


  1. ^ EFE (7 April 2006). "José Bono, la voz más populista y discrepante, deja el Gobierno". (in Spanish). Retrieved 12 September 2010. 
  2. ^ "Biografia de José Bono". (in Spanish). Retrieved 12 September 2010. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jesús Fuentes Lázaro
President of Castile-La Mancha
1983 - 2004
Succeeded by
José María Barreda Fontes
Preceded by
Federico Trillo
Defence Minister of Spain
2004 - 2006
Succeeded by
José Antonio Alonso
Preceded by
Manuel Marín
President of the Congress of Deputies
Succeeded by
Jesús Posada
Spanish Congress of Deputies
Preceded by
Title jointly held
Deputy for Albacete province
1979 – 1983
Succeeded by
Title jointly held
Preceded by
Title jointly held
Deputy for Toledo province
2008 – 2011
Succeeded by
Title jointly held