Patricia Hernández Gutiérrez

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Patricia Hernández Gutiérrez is a Canary Island politician and leader of the Socialist Party of the Canaries (PSOE) in the Parliament and is the mayor of Santa Cruz de Tenerife since 2019.

Early life[edit]

Born in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Hernández graduated with a degree in labour relations from the University of La Laguna (1998–2002). Previously she studied cello at the Conservatory of Music of the Canary Islands (1990–98).[1]

Career[edit]

A member of the Socialist Party of the Canaries (PSOE), Hernández represented Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Cortes Generales from 2004 to 2015, as a senator for seven years and later as a deputy. Within her party administration she has served as the General Secretary of Socialist Youth of Spain in Tenerife (2002–08) and since 2013, has been the PSOE general secretary from Tenerife.[1][2]

The Association of Parliamentary Journalists [es] have honoured her with their "Senator Revelation" title. After defeating Carolina Darias San Sebastián and Gustavo Matos in primary elections of PSOE in October 2014, she became the first women candidate for the post of President of the Canary Islands.[3] However, PSOE formed a coalition with Canarian Coalition after the results of 2015 Canarian regional election were announced and Hernández was chosen the Vice President and Councilor for Employment, Social Policies and Housing.[1][4]

On June 15, 2019 she became the first socialist mayor of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, ending forty uninterrupted years of Canary Coalition governments in the capital, being also the first woman to hold the mayor's office of Santa Cruz.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Excma Ms. Deputy Patricia Hernández Gutiérrez" (in Spanish). Parliament of the Canary Islands. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Patricia Hernández, nueva secretaria general del PSOE en Santa Cruz" [Patricia Hernández, new secretary general of the PSOE in Santa Cruz]. Canarias7 (in Spanish). 25 January 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  3. ^ Marimón, Flora (21 October 2014). "Una estrella política en internet" [A political star on the internet]. La Provincia (in Spanish). Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Coalition government deal for Canaries signed at last". Island Connections. 23 June 2015. Retrieved 19 November 2017.