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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.


Ximo Puig
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President of the Valencian Government
Assumed office
25 June 2015
MonarchFelipe VI
Preceded byAlberto Fabra
Member of the Congress of Deputies
In office
13 December 2011 – 3 June 2015
ConstituencyCastellón
Member of the Corts Valencianes
Assumed office
11 June 2015
ConstituencyCastellón
In office
13 July 1999 – 22 May 2011
ConstituencyCastellón
In office
7 June 1983 – 17 April 1986
ConstituencyCastellón
Personal details
Born
Joaquín Francisco Puig Ferrer

(1959-01-04) 4 January 1959 (age 60)
Morella, Castellón, Spain
NationalitySpanish
Political partyPSPV-PSOE
Children2
OccupationJournalist, Politician

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.[1] He was elected to the Corts Valencianes, the Valencian regional parliament, in the first democratic elections in 1983.[1] 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.[1]

In May 1995 he became mayor of his hometown of Morella, serving until 2012, when he resigned after becoming leader of the PSPV-PSOE.[2] In the 2011 Spanish general election he was elected to the Congress of Deputies, representing Castellón Province.[1] In Congress, he served as spokesman for the committee on industry, energy and tourism.[1] 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.[3]

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.

ReferencesEdit

Political offices
Preceded by
Javier Fabregat
Mayor of Morella
1995–2012
Succeeded by
Rhmasés Ripollés
Preceded by
Antonio Moreno
Second Vice-President of Corts Valencianes
2003–2007
Succeeded by
Isabel Escudero Pitarch
Preceded by
Alberto Fabra
President of the Valencian Government
2015–present
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Antonio Moreno
Leader of the Socialist Group in Corts Valencianes
2000–2003
Succeeded by
Joan Ignasi Pla
Preceded by
Jorge Alarte
Secretary-General of the PSPV-PSOE
2012–present
Incumbent