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21 NOVEMBER 2017

XII LEGISLATURE

Senate Speaker. Biography

 

Pío García-Escudero Márquez

 
Pío García-Escudero was born in Madrid on 28 October 1952. An architect by profession, he qualified at the Higher College of Architecture in the capital of Spain.
 
In his professional life he was an architect in the Directorate General for Fine Arts at the Ministry of Culture. In 1987 he was appointed Director General for Heritage and Cultural Promotion for the government of Junta de Castilla y León, where he remained until 1990, thereafter becoming Director for Restoration of the Old Quarter at the Madrid City Council, a post he held until  1993. A decade later, he returned to the City Council in his native city, this time as government city councillor for Urban Development, Works and Infrastructure and  second deputy mayor.
 
His work in restoring architectural monuments was recognised with several awards, such as the Europa Nostra in the years 1985, 1988 and 1996, for the restoration projects carried out, respectively, at the Monterrey Palace in  Salamanca, the Santa Clara Convent in the same city, and the Constable’s Chapel at Burgos Cathedral.
 
Together with his architectural career, Pío García-Escudero has spent over two decades devoted to political activities, during which time he has held various positions of responsibility within his party, the Partido Popular:  chairman of the Madrid PP between 1993 and 2004, coordinator for electoral organisation from 1999 to 2003, chairman of the organising committees for the 13th and 14th national conferences of the PP in 1998 and 2001 respectively, and campaign coordinator for several general, municipal, regional and European elections.
 
During these years Parliament has been the common thread throughout his political career, on the one hand as a Member of the Madrid Assembly over three legislatures between 1991 and 2003, and on the other hand as a senator: firstly appointed by the Comunidad de Madrid between 1995 and 2003, and afterwards being elected by Madrid from 2004 to the present day. In the upper house he has been spokesman for the parliamentary Partido Popular for three legislatures, in an initial period from 1996 to 1999, and in a second between 2004 and 2011, in which year he was elected to be Speaker of the Senate.