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Miguel Ángel Revilla
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Official photo of the President of Cantabria, Miguel Ángel Revilla
7th and 9th
President of Cantabria
Assumed office
3 July 2015
Preceded by Ignacio Diego
In office
27 June 2003 – 23 June 2011
Preceded by José Joaquín Martínez Sieso
Succeeded by Ignacio Diego
Personal details
Born
Miguel Ángel Revilla Roiz

(1943-01-23) 23 January 1943 (age 79)
Polaciones (Cantabria), Spain
Nationality Spain
Political party PRC
Spouse(s) Aurora Díaz
Alma mater University of the Basque Country

Miguel Ángel Revilla Roiz (born 23 January 1943 in Polaciones) is a Spanish politician, economist and bank employee serving as the 9th President of the Autonomous Community of Cantabria. Before this, Revilla has served as the 7th President between 2003 and 2011, making him the longest serving holder of the office. He has also served as the 5th Vice President of Cantabria from 1995 to 2003 and regional Minister of Public Works, Housing and Urbanism in the same period.

Revilla is member and one of the founders of the Regionalist Party of Cantabria, being a Member of the Parliament of Cantabria since 1983, Spokesperson of the Party in the Parliament from 1983 to 1995 and Secretary-General of the Party since 1988.

Biography

Personal life and studies

Revilla was born in Salceda, a small town of the municipality of Polaciones, in 1943, when the province was called Santander. Revilla studied in the University of the Basque Country, where he graduated in Economic and Business Sciences and in banking and stock exchange.

Between 1974 and 1982 he was the director of the Banco Atlántico in the City of Torrelavega. Likewise, he was professor of Economic Structure in the School of Business Management of Santander before joining the University of Cantabria, where he served as Associated Professor of Economic Policy and Public Finances until 1995.

Revilla has three daughters, two of them from his first marriage and the youngest from his second marriage with Aurora Díaz Abella.

Television celebrity

Thanks to his personality, Revilla has become a national television personality. He started as a commentator of current events and political affairs in the late night talk show Buenafuente, from 2007 to 2009. From 2010 to 2011 he was a guest in the television shows El Programa de Ana Rosa and La Noria. The money obtained from such collaborations was donated entirely to the Economic Kitchen of Santander (a non-profit organization to feed poor people).

Since 2013, he has appeared as a commentator on the program La Sexta Noche, as well as on Las Mañanas de Cuatro. Other shows that have featured Revilla include Abre los ojos y mira, Todo va bien, Viajando con Chester, Hable con ellas or Dos días y una noche.

In November 2014, he hosted his own program: Este país merece la pena.

He has also appeared as a guest on entertainment shows such as Mi casa es la tuya or El Hormiguero.

Books

Apart from its political and television career, Revilla is also a writer. His books are mainly focused on politics, although some are about economy or his personal experiences.

  • The economy of Cantabria (1978).
  • No one is more than anyone (2012).
  • The jungle of the smart ones (2014).
  • This country is worth it (2014).
  • Being happy is not expensive (2016).
  • Uncensored (2018).
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