Rosa Díez

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Díez and the second or maternal family name is González.
Rosa Díez
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Spokesperson of Union, Progress and Democracy
Parliamentary Group in the Congress of Deputies
In office
15 December 2011 – 13 January 2016
Member of the Congress of Deputies
In office
1 April 2008 – 13 January 2016
Constituency Madrid
Spokesperson of Union, Progress and Democracy
In office
26 September 2007 – 11 July 2015
Succeeded by Andrés Herzog
Member of the European Parliament
In office
20 July 1999 – 28 August 2007
President of the Spanish Socialist Delegation in the European Parliament
In office
20 July 1999 – 19 July 2004
Preceded by Manuel Medina Ortega
Succeeded by Enrique Barón Crespo
Member of Basque Parliament
In office
8 January 1987 – 6 July 1999
Minister for Commerce, Consumption and Tourism of the Basque Government
In office
4 October 1991 – 1 July 1998
President José Antonio Ardanza
Preceded by Jon Imanol Azúa
(Industry and Commerce)
Joseba Arregi Aranburu
(Culture and Tourism)
Succeeded by Belén Greaves Badillo
Councillor for the Municipality of Güeñes
In office
20 June 1987 – 15 June 1991
Member of the General Assemblies of Biscay
In office
24 May 1983 – 15 April 1987
Member of the Foral Diputation of Biscay
In office
3 May 1979 – 10 March 1983
Personal details
Born Rosa María Díez González
(1952-05-27) 27 May 1952 (age 64)
Sodupe (Güeñes), Biscay,
Basque Country,  Spain
Political party UPyD (since 2007)
PSOE (1977-2007)
Other political
UGT (1976-2007)
Spouse(s) José Ignacio Fernández de Ochoa
Children Two
Religion Agnostic[1]

Rosa María Díez González (born May 27, 1952) is a Spanish politician from Union, Progress and Democracy and a Deputy in the Congress of Deputies since 2008.


She was a former Member of the European Parliament for the PSOE ("Partido Socialista Obrero Español" or Spanish Socialist Workers' Party), integrated in the Party of European Socialists. In 2007 she gave up her seat and left the PSOE particularly due to disagreement on what she perceived to be the Socialists' drift on individual liberties, ETA.

She founded a new political party called Unión Progreso y Democracia in Spanish and Union, Progress and Democracy in English (UPyD), based on the existing movement of Basque citizens against ETA violence ¡Basta Ya!. In 2008 and 2011, she was elected to the Congress of Deputies (Spain) representing Madrid district. In the Spanish General Elections of 2011, she was re-elected and her party was the fourth most voted party in Spain.

Díez personally advocates for lower public wages. Subsequently and although she is the UPyD spokesperson on five committees, she is only paid for one of them.[2]

On May 24, 2015 she announced she would not seek reelection as spokesperson of UPyD due to the party's poor performance in the regional and municipal elections.


  1. ^ Libertad Digital (18 August 2011). "Rosa Díez ve "fanatismo puro" en las marchas antipapa" (in Spanish). Libertad Ditgital. Retrieved 11 July 2016. En declaraciones a RNE recogidas por Europa Press, Rosa Díez se ha definido como "agnóstica" y dirigente de un partido que apuesta "por una España laica" y ha defendido el laicismo como la separación de poderes entre Iglesia y Estado, pero ve en España "muy poco laicismo y mucho fanático de uno y otro lado" 
  2. ^ "Sueldos Públicos. Transparencia y Libertad". Retrieved 2014-04-17. 

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