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María Jesús Montero Cuadrado (born 4 February 1966), is a Spanish politician and hospital administrator. In June 2018, she was appointed Minister of Finance at Sánchez government.

María Jesús Montero

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Minister of Finance
Assumed office
7 June 2018
Acting: Since 29 April 2019
MonarchFelipe VI
Prime MinisterPedro Sánchez
Preceded byCristóbal Montoro
Treasury and Public Function
Regional Minister of Finance and Public Administrations of Andalusia
In office
9 September 2013 – 6 June 2018
PresidentSusana Díaz
Regional Minister of Health and Social Welfare of Andalusia
In office
7 May 2012 – 9 September 2013
PresidentJosé Antonio Griñán
In office
25 April 2004 – 7 May 2012
Member of the Parliament of Andalusia
In office
9 March 2008 – 6 June 2018
Personal details
Born (1966-02-04) 4 February 1966 (age 53)
Sevilla, Spain
Political partySpanish Socialist Workers' Party
Spouse(s)Rafael Ibáñez Reche
ChildrenTwo daughters
ParentsManuel Montero
Concepción Cuadrado[1]
Alma materUniversity of Seville
EADA Business School
OccupationPhysician, hospital administrator and politician



Daughter of teachers, Montero has a Degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Seville and master's degree in management from the EADA business school, she is a Hospital Administrator. She has held various positions of responsibility throughout her career, mainly linked to the specialization of health management. Had been chair of the Committee on Marginalization of the Andalusia Youth Council between 1986 and 1988, and later, general secretary of the same until 1990.

She is a socialist deputy in the Parliament of Andalusia by the electoral constituency of Seville.[2]

Minister in Andalusian GovernmentEdit

Between September 2002 and April 2004 she held the position of Deputy Minister of Health of the Junta de Andalucía, after which she was appointed head of the Regional Ministry of Health, a responsibility she held until May 2012, the date from which she assumed the Health portfolio and Social Welfare.[3]

During his tenure at the head of the Ministry of Health, new health rights have been regulated, such as the second medical opinion, access to preimplantation genetic diagnosis, genetic counseling or dignified death.[4]

In partnership with other institutions and the business sector, biomedical research has also been promoted, through a network of centers such as the Andalusian Center for Molecular Biology and Regenerative Medicine (CABIMER), the Institute of Biomedicine of Seville (IBIS), Center for genomics and oncology research (GENYO) or the Research Center for Innovative Medicines (MEDINA).

From 9 September 2013 to 6 June 2018 was Minister of Finance and Public Administration of the Junta de Andalucía.[5] At the head of this department, developed and approved five budgets[6] without an absolute majority in Parliament, one with Izquierda Unida and four with Citizens. Andalusia is currently one of the few communities that complies with the rules of budgetary stability and financial sustainability (goal of deficit, debt and expenditure rule), in addition to becoming the common system community that previously pays its suppliers. Likewise, during these years important regulatory advances have been promoted in the Finance area, such as the decree of payment terms guarantees, with which the Junta de Andalucía self-imposed to reduce the maximum payment time in sectors to only 20 days. priority areas such as health, education and social services.

Treasury MinisterEdit

Chosen by Pedro Sánchez, new Spanish Prime Minister, following the motion of censure that the PSOE presented against the previous government of Mariano Rajoy (PP) and that was approved by the Congress of Deputies on 1 June 2018, appointed her as Minister in new Spanish government.[7] Felipe VI sanctioned by royal decree of June her appointment as holder of the portfolio of Minister of Treasury of Spain.[8] On 7 June she took office as Minister before the King at Palace of Zarzuela.[9][10]


  1. ^ La trianera María Jesús Montero será Ministra de Hacienda
  2. ^ Montero Cuadrado, María Jesús (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Rincón, Reyes (6 June 2018). "María Jesús Montero, la médica que saneó las cuentas de Andalucía". El País (in Spanish). Madrid: Prisa. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  4. ^ Rincón, Reyes (17 March 2010). "El Parlamento andaluz aprueba la primera ley de muerte digna en España". El País (in Spanish). Sevilla: Prisa. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Susana Díaz prescinde de los fieles a Griñán e incorpora cinco caras nuevas a su Gobierno". Cadena SER (in Spanish). 9 September 2013. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Andalucía aprueba sus cuentas de 2018 con un presupuesto de 34.759 millones, un 4,5% más". 20 Minutos (in Spanish). 10 October 2017. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  7. ^ María Jesús Montero, ministra de Hacienda (in Spanish)
  8. ^ Real Decreto 357/2018, de 6 de junio, por el que se nombran Ministros del Gobierno (in Spanish)
  9. ^ Los 17 del "Consejo de Ministras y Ministros" de Sánchez prometen ante el Rey (in Spanish)
  10. ^ Real Decreto 357/2018, de 6 de junio, por el que se nombran Ministros del Gobierno (in Spanish)