Ana Botella

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Ana Botella
Ana Botella 2012 (cropped).jpg
Botella in 2012
Mayor of Madrid
In office
27 December 2011 – 13 June 2015
Preceded byManuel Cobo (interim)
Succeeded byManuela Carmena
Personal details
Born (1953-07-23) 23 July 1953 (age 65)
Political partyPeople's Alliance (1978–1989)
People's Party (since 1989)
Alma materComplutense University of Madrid
  • Public servant
  • politician

Ana Botella Serrano (born in 1953) is a Spanish politician belonging to the Spanish People's Party and the first female Mayor of Madrid, from December 2011 to June 2015.


Early life[edit]

Born in Madrid on 23 July 1953,[1] she took her basic education in an elite school managed by the Congregation of Jesus (called the "Irish Mothers" in Spain).[2] She studied Law in the Complutense University of Madrid. After graduating, she passed a public examination to the Body of Civil Administrators of the State,[3] becoming a public servant. She married José María Aznar in 1977.[4] She became a member of People's Alliance in 1978.[5]

Politics of Madrid[edit]

Botella served on the Madrid City Council since 2003 where, as well as being deputy mayor, she also headed the Departments of Social Services (2003-2007) and of the Environment (2007-2011).[6] She was criticised for failure to tackle Madrid's air pollution which frequently exceeded permitted levels while she was responsible for the city's environment.[7] Botella was an outspoken climate change skeptic.[8]

Botella was sworn in as mayor on 27 December 2011, after having been deputy mayor to Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, mayor of the capital from 2003, who had resigned to serve as Justice Minister in the new government formed by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

On 9 September 2014 Ana Botella called a press conference after having cancelled all her appointments where she announced that she would not be running in the May 2015 municipal elections for mayor.[9]

Family life[edit]

Botella and former Spanish prime minister José María Aznar have been married since 1977 and have three children: José María, Ana, and Alonso. Her daughter married Alejandro Agag at the royal site of El Escorial on 5 September 2002.[10] Ana Botella has four grandchildren by her daughter.[citation needed]

Electoral history[edit]

Electoral history of Ana Botella
Election List Constituency List position Result
Madrid local election, 2003 PP - 3rd (out of 55)[11] Elected
Madrid local election, 2007 PP - 2nd (out of 57)[12] Elected
Madrid local election, 2011 PP - 2nd (out of 57)[13] Elected


  1. ^ Ceballos-Escalera y Gila (2003). "La familia de José María Aznar. Presidente del Gobierno (notas para una genealogía aragonesa y navarra)" (PDF). Cuadernos de Ayala. Madrid: Federación Española de Genealogía, Heráldica y Ciencias Históricas: 7–11. ISSN 1576-2068.
  2. ^ "El poder femenino en Madrid del 'clan de las irlandesas': Botella, la 'black' Cafranga, la mujer de González..." El Plural. 16 February 2015.
  3. ^ Treceño, Jaime G. (21 December 2011). "La hora de la ex primera dama". El Mundo.
  4. ^ Elola, Joseba (16 March 2012). "Incógnita Botella". El País.
  5. ^ "Con marcado perfil social". El Mundo. 9 January 2003.
  6. ^ (in Spanish) Ana Botella será la nueva concejala de Medio Ambiente de Madrid 20minutos
  7. ^ Sarah Rainsford (2011), "Madrid in smog warning to commuters"
  8. ^ Ana Botella, Deeply Unpopular Madrid Mayor, A Study In Political Falls From Grace
  9. ^ May 2015 elections for mayor
  10. ^ "In pictures: Aznar's daughter marries" 2002 report, BBC
  11. ^ "Madrid. Candidaturas proclamadas" (PDF). Boletín Oficial de la Comunidad de Madrid (100): 213–221. 29 April 2003. ISSN 1989-4791.
  12. ^ "Zona de Madrid. Candidaturas proclamadas" (PDF). Boletín Oficial de la Comunidad de Madrid (162): 254–280. 1 May 2007. ISSN 1989-4791.
  13. ^ "Madrod. Elecciones Locales 2011. Candidaturas proclamadas" (PDF). Boletín Oficial de la Comunidad de Madrid (97): 412–437. 26 April 2011. ISSN 1989-4791.


  • Botella, Ana. Mis ocho años en La Moncloa

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
Carmen Romero
Spouse of the Prime Minister of Spain
Succeeded by
Sonsoles Espinosa
Civic offices
Preceded by
Manuel Cobo
Mayor of Madrid
Succeeded by
Manuela Carmena