José Manuel Soria – Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism
José Manuel Soria López is the current Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism in the Spanish Government, a role he has held since December 2011.
Born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on 5th January 1958, Soria studied Economics and worked as a lecturer on the subject throughout the 1980s. From 1986-89 he worked as a Government advisor, originally for the Minister of the Economy and the Treasury, and later for the Secretary of State for Commerce.
In 1995 he stood as the Partido Popular’s candidate for Mayor of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and succeeded. His mandate was renewed in the municipal elections of 1999. In the same year, he also became the President of the Canary Island branch of the PP.
In 2003 he ended his mayoralty and became President of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria – the island’s ruling body, as well as a member of the Canary Island Parliament. He resigned as President of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria in 2007 but remained a member of the Canary Island Parliament until 2011 when, on invitation of the newly elected Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, he began his current role as Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism.