Joaquín Francisco Puig Ferrer, known as Ximo Puig (Valencian: [ˈtʃimo ˈputʃ]; born 4 January 1959), is a Spanish politician who has served as leader of the Socialist Party of the Valencian Country (PSPV-PSOE), a regional branch of the PSOE, since March 2012. He is the current President of the Valencian Government.
|President of the Valencian Government|
|Assumed office |
25 June 2015
|Preceded by||Alberto Fabra|
|Member of the Congress of Deputies|
13 December 2011 – 3 June 2015
|Member of the Corts Valencianes|
|Assumed office |
11 June 2015
13 July 1999 – 22 May 2011
7 June 1983 – 17 April 1986
Joaquín Francisco Puig Ferrer
4 January 1959
Morella, Castellón, Spain
Life and careerEdit
Puig was born in Morella, Castellón. A journalist by profession, he worked for local newspapers and for the Antena 3 radio station. He was elected to the Corts Valencianes, the Valencian regional parliament, in the first democratic elections in 1983. He resigned his seat in 1986, when he was appointed Director General of Institutional relations and information in the Valencian regional administration, serving until 1995.
In May 1995 he became mayor of his hometown of Morella, serving until 2012, when he resigned after becoming leader of the PSPV-PSOE. In the 2011 Spanish general election he was elected to the Congress of Deputies, representing Castellón Province. In Congress, he served as spokesman for the committee on industry, energy and tourism. In March 2014 Puig won the PSPV-PSOE primary to be the party's candidate for President of the Valencian Government in the 2015 regional elections. He received 68.8% of the votes in the primary.
On 25 June 2015, he was invested President of the Valencian Government with the favourable votes of PSPV-PSOE, Podemos and Compromís, succeeding Alberto Fabra and putting an end to two decades of PP governments in the region. He was re-elected for a second term, with the support of the same parties, on 13 June 2019.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Ximo Puig.|
- (in Spanish)biography of Ximo Puig, Levante-EMV, 16 April 2015, accessed 20 May 2015
- (in Spanish)El secretario general del PSPV Ximo Puig dejará la alcaldía de Morella el 30 de junio, El Mundo, 3 June 2012
- (in Spanish)El triunfo en primarias blinda a Puig ante un mal resultado en las europeas, El País, 10 March 2014
| Mayor of Morella
| Second Vice-President of Corts Valencianes
Isabel Escudero Pitarch
| President of the Valencian Government
|Party political offices|
| Leader of the Socialist Group in Corts Valencianes
Joan Ignasi Pla
| Secretary-General of the PSPV-PSOE