The long career of Jerónimo Saavedra

The long career of Jerónimo Saavedra

Jerónimo Saavedra was the first president of the Government of the Canary Islands, former minister and mayor of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, as well as a national and regional parliamentarian, among his extensive resume.

1936. He was born on July 3 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, into a family of merchants linked to the textile and fishing sectors.

1940-1953. Primary and high school studies at the Jesuit school in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

1953-1956. He began his university studies in Law at the University of La Laguna (Tenerife).

1956-1958. University studies at the Complutense University (Madrid). Bachelor’s degree and doctorate at the Complutense of Madrid. Specialized in Labor Law and Trade Unionism.

1959 and 1962. Expansion of academic training in Cologne (Germany) during the summers of these years. He is pursuing diplomas in Business Administration at the School of Industrial Organization in Madrid and at the International School of Comparative Labor Law in Trieste (Italy).

1962-1963. Attend courses organized by the Labor Law Institute of the University of Florence (Italy)

1963-1970. Non-tenured professor (PNN) at the Faculty of Law of the Complutense University (Madrid). Professional relationships with professors Felipe Gonzalez Vicéns and Enrique Tierno Galván who determine his political career.

1967. Work on the foundation of the Center for the Study of Contemporary Problems in Madrid.

1968. It is part of the “Platform of non-numerary professors” (PNN) of the Complutense University of Madrid

1970-1976. Professor of Labor Law at the University of La Laguna.

1971-1972. General Secretary of the University Institute of Business (IUDE) created at the University of La La-guna, which prepares a project for the Economic and Fiscal Regime of the Canary Islands.

1971. President of the board of directors of the magazine Sansofé, published in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, an organ that constitutes the basis for the creation of the Democratic Council of the Canary Islands.

1972. While he was president of the board of directors, the Franco regime closed the Sansofé magazine.

1972. He joined the General Union of Workers (UGT) and the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE).

1973. Represents the Canary Islands at the UGT congress in Toulusse (France)

1973. Director of the San Fernando Residence Hall, in La Laguna.

1974. He represents the Canary Islands, together with José Arozena and Alire-do Herrera Piqué, in the Federal Congress of the PSOE held in Suresnes (France) and is part of the Congress Board as secretary of notes.

1974. He writes the prologue to the book Canarias, region polemic, by Antonio Carballo Cotanda, published by Cuadernos para el Diálogo.

1976. Creation of the university section of Business Sciences in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, dependent on the Faculty of Economic Sciences of La Laguna, being appointed vice dean of the section since its foundation.

1976. Elected member of the Confederal Executive Commission of the union center at the XXX Congress of the UGT.

1976-1983. During these years he was part of the confederal leadership of UGT, as press secretary and Institutional Relations secretary.

1977-1985. Secretary general of the Canary Socialist Party (PSC) elected at the I regional Congress held in Santa Brígida. He assumes the Press and Information Secretariat of the Socialist Executive in Las Palmas. He becomes part of the Federal Committee of the PSOE. His connection with unionism gives him positions of responsibility.

1977-1983. He began his political career as a PSOE deputy for Las Palmas in the first constituent Cortes.

1978. Vice President of the Pre-autonomous Board of the Canary Islands.

1979. Reelected deputy to the Cortes for the province of Las Palmas.

1979. Re-elected general secretary of the Canarian socialists, during the II Congress of the PSC.

1981. Confirmed in the position of general secretary of the Canarian socialists at the III Congress of the PSC.

1982. Re-election as socialist deputy for the province of Las Almas. He chairs the Labor and Social Policy commission.

1982. The Cortes approve the Statute of Autonomy of the Canary Islands. In December he is elected President of the provisional Government of the Canary Islands.

1983. He resigns from his seat in the Congress of Deputies to run as a deputy in the Parliament of the Canary Islands.

1983. Deputy for Gran Canaria in the Parliament of the Canary Islands

1983-1987. President of the Government of the Canary Islands with the majority support of the Chamber.

1983-1988. Presidency of the PSC-PSOE elected at the celebration. tion of the IV Congress of the party, Alberto de Armas occupying the General Secretariat.

1985. Resignation of the Presidency of the Government after the approval in the regional Parliament of a report against the treaty of accession of Spain to the EEC in its Protocol II referring to the Canary Islands.

1985. Reinstated president of the Canary Islands executive, after a month of resigning, thanks to the so-called “Pact of Progress” signed by the PSC, the Communist Party and the nationalist forces Major Assembly and Party of the Canarian Revolution.

1988-1997. General Secretary of the PSC-PSOE (1988-1997). On June 10, 1987. Leader of the opposition in this legislature, he returned to occupy the General Secretariat of the PSC-PSOE starting with the celebration of the V Regional Congress in May 1988, and in 1990 he was re-elected again as a candidate. socialist to the presidency of the Canary Islands Executive in the regional elections of May 26.

1991. On July 10, Saavedra was inaugurated, for the third time in his political career, president of the regional government thanks to the pact signed by the PSC and the nationalist forces of AIC and AHI. His mandate ended on the last day of March 1993 when the motion of censure filed by twelve deputies from the Canarian Coalition against his management was successful. The vice president of the autonomous Government and leader of AIC, Manuel Hermoso, replaced him in office.

1993. Senator representing the Canary Islands Parliament. Shortly afterwards, he left his seat in the Upper House to take up a new position in the central government.

1993-1995. Minister of Public Administrations, with Felipe González being President of the Government.

1994. Reelected general secretary at the VII Congress of the PSC-PSOE.

1995-1996. Minister of Education and Science, with Felipe González being President of the Government.

1996-1999. Deputy for Las Palmas in the Congress of Deputies by appointment of the Parliament of the Canary Islands.

1999-2003. Deputy of the regional parliament, being appointed senator by the Parliament of the Canary Islands. In the Upper House he is spokesperson for the socialist group in the Science and Technology Commission.

1997. At the VIII regional Congress of the PSC-PSOE he leaves the General Secretariat of the party and is named president of the Canary Islands socialists.

2000. He publicly declares his homosexuality.

2007-2011. Mayor of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, a position he obtained by absolute majority.

2011. Spokesperson for the PSOE in the City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (2011).

2011-2017. Common Deputy, appointed by the Parliament of the Canary Islands. He takes office in December 2011.


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