Paulino Rivero

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The Most Excellent
Paulino Rivero
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8th President of the Canary Islands
In office
13 July 2007 – 9 July 2015
Preceded by Adán Martín Menis
Succeeded by Fernando Clavijo Batlle
Personal details
Born ( 1952 -02-11) 11 February 1952 (age 65)
El Sauzal, Tenerife, Spain
Political party Canarian Coalition
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Rivero and the second or maternal family name is Baute.

Paulino Rivero Baute (born 11 February 1952 in El Sauzal, Tenerife, Spain) is a Spanish politician and teacher. A member of the Canarian Coalition, he is the current president of the autonomous community of the Canary Islands.[1]


Prior to his career in politics, Rivero was a primary school teacher; he received his diploma from the University of La Laguna.[2] In the 1979 regional elections, the first such elections under the Spanish Constitution of 1978, Rivero was elected as the mayor of El Sauzal, a position he held until 1997.[1][2] Rivero initially represented the Union of the Democratic Centre, but in 1983 he switched to the Agrupación Tinerfeña de Independientes, a group that eventually formed part of the Canarian Coalition.[3]

Rivero was also a member of the Cabildo de Tenerife before moving into national politics in 1996.[3] At the 1996 general election, Rivero was elected to the Congress of Deputies as the representative of the Santa Cruz de Tenerife electoral district - he was subsequently re-elected at the 2000 and 2004 general elections.[3] He chaired the parliamentary committee investigating the 2004 Madrid train bombings.[4]

In February 2007, Rivero was selected as the Canarian Coalition's candidate for President of the Canary Islands at the 2007 regional elections.[5] The coalition received the third-highest share of the vote, 23.36%, but received the second highest number of delegates with 19.[6] Rivero's party formed a coalition with the third-place People's Party, which allowed him to be installed as President on 13 July 2007.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Presidencia del Gobierno" (in Spanish). 2 February 2010. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Paulino Rivero Baute - President of the Canary Islands". 28 April 2008. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c Esther Esteban (19 February 2006). "Paulino Rivero" (in Spanish). El Mundo. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "Probe opens into Madrid attacks". BBC News. 16 June 2004. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "Paulino Rivero, elegido por unanimidad candidato de CC al gobierno canario" (in Spanish). ABC. 4 February 2007. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
  6. ^ "resultados autonómicas 2007 - Canarias" (in Spanish). El País. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
  7. ^ "Paulino Rivero elegido presidente del Gobierno canario" (in Spanish). Canarias7. 11 July 2007. Retrieved 1 April 2010.