Patxi López

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is López and the second or maternal family name is Álvarez.
The Most Excellent
Francisco Javier López Álvarez
López in Leioa, 2010
President of the Congress of Deputies
Assumed office
13 January 2016
Monarch Felipe VI
Preceded by Jesús Posada
Lehendakari of the Basque Country
In office
7 May 2009 – 15 December 2012
Preceded by Juan Jose Ibarretxe
Succeeded by Iñigo Urkullu
Member of the Basque Parliament
In office
15 March 1991 – 22 September 2014
Constituency Vizcaya
Member of the Congress of Deputies
In office
17 November 1987 – 2 September 1989
Constituency Vizcaya
Personal details
Born Francisco Javier López Álvarez
(1959-10-04) 4 October 1959
Portugalete, Biscay, Basque Country, Spain
Nationality Spanish
Political party PSE-EE
Spouse(s) Begoña Gil
Website www.patxilopez.com

Francisco Javier "Patxi" López Álvarez (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpatʃi ˈlopeθ]; born 4 October 1959) is a Spanish socialist politician who has been President of the Congress of Deputies, the lower house of the Spanish Cortes Generales, since January 2016. Previously he was President of the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country from 2009 to 2012. He was also Secretary-General of the Socialist Party of Euskadi - Euskadiko Ezkerra (PSE-EE), the Basque affiliate of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE), from 2002 to 2014.

Political career

López, born into a socialist family, was influenced early in life by the political stance of his father, Eduardo López Albizu, a prominent Spanish left-wing anti-Francoist activist. He joined the Young Basque Socialist movement in 1975, and was its Secretary-General from 1985 to 1988. He joined PSE in 1977, and was elected to the Spanish Congress of Deputies at the 1986 General Election representing Vizcaya Province. In the PSE he rose steadily to prominence before being elected Secretary-General in 1997, having become a Member of the Basque Parliament in 1991.

López is known for his opposition to Basque independence. In 2005, he was the PSE-EE's candidate for the presidency of the Basque Country, but lost out to Juan José Ibarretxe of the Basque Nationalist Party (PNV).

In the 2009 election, the Nationalist Party was the party with the most votes with 30 seats, followed by the Socialist Party, with 25 seats. The illegalisation of a party representing a sizeable voting segment, the Left Basque Nationalist Party Batasuna, enabled the socialists to reach an agreement with the People's Party for López to be elected as Lehendakari (Basque president). He was elected to the position on May 5, 2009 in the Basque Parliament, effectively ending thirty years of Basque nationalist rule in the Basque Country, in what was perceived as a very polemic election due to the absence of any party representing the secessionist Left Basque Nationalist spectrum.[1]

On 13 January 2016, he was elected President of the Congress of Deputies for the eleventh legislature, with 130 votes (the deputies of PSOE and Citizens) out of 350.[2]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Juan José Ibarretxe
Lehendakari of the Basque Country
2009–2012
Succeeded by
Iñigo Urkullu
Preceded by
Jesús Posada
President of the Congress of Deputies
2016–present
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Nicolás Redondo Terreros
Secretary-General of the PSE-EE
2002-2014
Succeeded by
Idoia Mendia