Trinidad Jiménez

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Jiménez and the second or maternal family name is García-Herrera.
Trinidad Jiménez
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Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain
In office
21 October 2010 – 22 December 2011
Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero
Preceded by Miguel Ángel Moratinos
Succeeded by José García-Margallo y Marfil
Personal details
Born Trinidad Jiménez García-Herrera
(1962-06-04) 4 June 1962 (age 53)
Málaga, Andalusia, Spain
Nationality Spanish
Political party PSOE

Trinidad Jiménez García-Herrera (born 4 June 1962) is a Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) politician and was Spain's Foreign Affairs Minister.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Málaga on 4 June 1962, the third of nine children, Jiménez has a law degree from the Autonomous University of Madrid.


Jiménez is an international relations specialist by profession. In 1983, while still attending Law Faculty she with other students set up the Socialist Students Association. She joined Juventudes Socialistas de España, Spain’s Socialist Youth and was a member of its International Relations Committee. Jiménez joined the PSOE a year later. Jiménez chaired the International Relations Committee of Spain’s Youth Council and served on its Permanent Committee (1984–1986).

She was Spanish representative on a North American NATO Youth Exchange Program (1989) and headed the 'New Programs and Development' department of the Spanish delegation of the American Field Service. Jiménez also helped run the Office of the Secretary General of the National Commission for the Fifth Centennial of the Discovery of America.

Between 1990 and 1992, Jiménez lived in Equatorial Guinea, working as a Professor-Tutor in Political Law at the National Distance Education University (UNED) and at the Spanish College in Bata.

Trinidad Jiménez (left) with the (at the time) first lady of Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

From 1996 to July 2000, Jiménez served as the Officer in Charge of Political Relations with America in the PSOE's International Relations Secretariat and, from 1997, as an advisor to ex Prime Minister Felipe González when he was chair of the Socialist International’s Global Progress Commission.[1] Jiménez remained in the active politics as spokesperson of the Socialist Group in the Town hall of Madrid and in following July the Federal Congress XXXVI ratified it in the Secretariat of International Relations, since it had re-taken up office in April when was undressed Marín president of the Congress of the Deputies. In 2003 she was chosen to be PSOE's candidate for the Mayor of Madrid,[2] but prior to the election was called to other duties in a new post in the Foreign Ministry as Spain's Secretary of State for Ibero-America.[3] In March 2008 she was elected to the Spanish Congress representing Madrid but resigned after only a month. On 7 April 2009, she was chosen by the Spanish PM to be the minister of health and social policies. On 20 October 2010, she was appointed by the PM Zapatero to be the Spanish foreign affairs minister in a cabinet reshuffle.[4]


Jiménez expressed disagreement with Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera over the latter's contention that abortion was morally worse than pedophilia.[5]


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Political offices
Preceded by
Miguel Ángel Moratinos
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation
20 October 2010 – 22 December 2011
Succeeded by
José García-Margallo y Marfil