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María Dolores Cospedal García (born 13 December 1965) is a Spanish politician who was the Minister of Defense of Spain and the Secretary-General of the People's Party.

María Dolores Cospedal

Cospedal. Mensaje de Navidad 2013 (11647905203) (cropped).jpg
Minister of Defence
In office
4 November 2016 – 1 June 2018
MonarchFelipe VI
Prime MinisterMariano Rajoy
Preceded byPedro Morenés
Succeeded byMargarita Robles
Secretary-General of the People's Party
In office
21 June 2008 – 21 July 2018
Preceded byÁngel Acebes
Succeeded byTeodoro García Egea
3rd President of Castile-La Mancha
In office
22 June 2011 – 1 July 2015
MonarchJuan Carlos I
Felipe VI
Preceded byJosé María Barreda
Succeeded byEmiliano García-Page
Member of the Congress of Deputies
In office
12 January 2016 – 7 November 2018
Member of the Senate
In office
12 September 2006 – 22 June 2011
Personal details
María Dolores Cospedal García

(1965-12-13) 13 December 1965 (age 53)
Madrid, Spain
Political partyPeople's Party
Other political
Democratic Reformist Party (before 1986)[1]
Spouse(s)Ignacio López del Hierro (m. 2009)
Alma materCEU San Pablo University

At a certain point she started calling herself "de Cospedal" in public which sounded more aristocratic but more recently she has reverted to plain "Cospedal".[2][3][4]

She was chosen as the People's Party (PP) candidate in the 2011 regional elections, for the presidency of the autonomous community of Castile-La Mancha. She obtained a majority with 48.13% of the votes which meant that for the first time in the history of democratic Spain the PP would govern the Junta of Communities of Castile-La Mancha (JCCM).

She also got the most votes in the 2015 regional elections, but she did not obtain absolute majority and PSOE's Emiliano García-Page was invested President of Castile-La Mancha thanks to an agreement with Podemos.

On 3 November 2016, Cospedal was appointed Minister of Defense by PM Mariano Rajoy, an office she held until 1 June 2018, when a vote of no-confidence ousted the government.

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  1. ^ Forcada, Daniel (11 June 2011). "Los Bilderberg la señalan: nace otra 'lideresa'". El Confidencial (in Spanish). Titania Compañía Editorial, S.L. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  2. ^ ""La bien pagá" se cambió el apellido para aproximarse al linaje aristocrático". El Plural. 11 November 2009. Archived from the original on 11 November 2014. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Cospedal vuelve a cambiarse el apellido y prescinde de la "DE"". El Plural. 11 May 2011. Archived from the original on 11 November 2014. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
  4. ^ "María Dolores Cospedal". Gobierno de Castilla La Mancha. 22 June 2011. Archived from the original on 1 July 2012. Retrieved 23 November 2018.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Francisco Granados
Regional Minister of Transports of Madrid
Succeeded by
Elvia Rodríguez
Preceded by
José María Barreda
President of Castile-La Mancha
Succeeded by
Emiliano García-Page
Preceded by
Pedro Morenés
Minister of Defence
Succeeded by
Margarita Robles
Party political offices
Preceded by
José Manuel Molina
President of the People's Party of Castile-La Mancha
Succeeded by
Francisco Núñez
Preceded by
Ángel Acebes
Secretary-General of the People's Party
Succeeded by
Teodoro Garcia Egea