Alberto Garzón

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Alberto Carlos Garzón Espinosa (Spanish pronunciation: [alˈβeɾto ˈkaɾlos ɣaɾˈθon espiˈnosa]; born 9 October 1985) is a Spanish politician and economist, currently the Spanish Minister of Consumer Affairs.[1] He has been a member of the Communist Party of Spain (PCE) and United Left (Izquierda Unida, IU) since 2003. In the 2011 general election, he was elected as an MP within that coalition. He has been the Secretary of Constituent Process in IU from 2014 to 2016 and in 2015 he was elected as an IU candidate for that year's general election. He is a researcher in University Pablo de Olavide in Sevilla.

Alberto Garzón

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During the 1st of May 2017 in Madrid
Minister of Consumer Affairs
Assumed office
13 January 2020
MonarchFelipe VI
Prime MinisterPedro Sánchez
Preceded byMaría Luisa Carcedo
(Health, Consumer Affairs and Social Welfare)
María Jesús Montero
General Coordinator of United Left
Assumed office
4 June 2016
Preceded byCayo Lara
Secretary for Constitutional Process of United Left
In office
28 June 2014 – 4 July 2016
Preceded byEnrique Santiago
Succeeded byEsther López Barceló
Secretary for Global Economic Policy of United Left
In office
16 December 2012 – 28 June 2014
Preceded byJosé Antonio García Rubio
Succeeded byJosé Antonio García Rubio
Member of the Congress of Deputies
Assumed office
21 May 2019
In office
13 January 2016 – 21 May 2019
In office
13 December 2011 – 13 January 2016
Personal details
Alberto Carlos Garzón Espinosa

(1985-10-09) 9 October 1985 (age 35)
Logroño, Spain
Political partyCommunist Party of Spain
United Left
Spouse(s)Anna Ruiz (m. 2017)
Alma materUniversity of Malaga


Family origins and youthEdit

He is the son of Alberto Garzón Blanco, a teacher of Geography and History in Málaga, and Isabel Espinosa Casares, a deceased pharmacist from Cenicero, La Rioja. The two met on a summer trip in Rincón de la Victoria. He spent his early years in Logroño, where he was born. When he was three, the family moved to the Sevilian town of Marchena, where his father had obtained a job as a professor.[2]

In 1994, the family returned to Rincón de la Victoria. Garzón attended the Manuel Laza Palacios elementary school and the Ben Al Jatib secondary school. He liked football and attempted, unsuccessfully, to make his way into Sports Club Rincón.[2]

University stageEdit

Garzón initially studied Administration and Management of Corporations at the Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences of the University of Malaga, but the following year, he changed to Economics.[2] When he was 18 years old, he joined United Left The Greens-Andalucía.[2]

In 2004, he participated in the foundation of Students for a Critical Economy, an association of which he was president until 2008, and that was in the same line as the Post-autistic economics movement born in France a few years earlier. The purpose of that group was academic and militant, since it denounced "the unique thinking and the intellectual emptiness that reigns in the teaching of economics" at the same time as it participated in social movements such like the Social Forum Another Malaga of 2004.[3] The association would incorporate first as "Left-wing Students", a university association of a left-wing and anticapitalist nature, and later, in the platform of "Critical Students", a union of many progressive groups. Criticism Economy Malaga stood in the students' elections, obtaining 64% of the votes in 2008.[4]

UL listed Garzón fifth on their candidate list for the 2007 Spanish local elections.[5]

Garzón later earned his Master's in International Economy and Development at the School of Business & Economic Sciences at the Complutense University of Madrid. It was here that Garzón Sampedro, who Garzón would later publicly thank for being the basis of his school of thought. Other politicians from UL have enrolled within the University's School of Business & Economic Sciences, including Eddy Sánchez, as well as several economic advisors to Unidos Podemos.

Member of the Congress of DeputiesEdit

Garzón was first elected as a Deputy in the Spanish Parliament on the IU list for Málaga, following the 2011 Spanish general election.[6] He was the youngest member of the House of Deputies during that session.

In January 2013, he was elected as a member of UL's Federal Executive Committee.


  1. ^ Gilmartin, Eoghan; Greene, Tommy. "Spain's First Communist Minister Since 1939 Was Just Sworn In Today". Jacobon Magazine. Retrieved 2020-01-13.
  2. ^ a b c d Romero, Antonio M. (1 December 2014). "Un líder precoz". Sur. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Historia Asociación". Página web de Economía Crítica Málaga (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 14 August 2007. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  4. ^ Porras Fernández, Miguel (28 April 2008). "Resultados electorales Claustro Universidad de Málaga" (PDF). Universidad de Málaga (in Spanish). Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  5. ^ Romero, Antonio M. (1 December 2014). "Un líder precoz". Diario Sur (in Spanish). Vocento. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  6. ^ Europa Press (2 October 2011). "IULV-CA aprueba sus candidaturas electorales presentando unas listas "cremallera" y "plurales"". 20 minutos (in Spanish). Retrieved 1 May 2019.