Biography of José Luis Álvarez Álvarez (1930-VVVV)

Politician, notary and Spanish teacher, born in Madrid on April 4, 1930. After practise as notary and University lecturer, began his political dedication during the years of the Spanish transition to democracy: it belonged to the Group of Tacitus and collaborated in 1976 in the formation of the people's Party, one of those who shaped the Union of the Democratic Centre (UCD) in 1977. As a member of this party he was Mayor of Madrid (1978-1979) and Deputy Minister (1979-1982); He was again Deputy between 1982 and 1986, but within the Popular Democratic Party (PDP).

Doctor in law (his thesis, 'The status of unmarried or widowed women in Spanish private law', was extraordinary prize), joined the Notary Association of Madrid in 1954, profession that exercised in the following years; between 1967 and 1972 he was Professor of civil law at the Complutense University of Madrid. He started in politics in 1973 within the Group of opinion Tacitus, Democrat line and that played a notable role in the transition to democracy in Spain; two years later, in 1975, he took part in the creation of FEDISA society, which aimed to liberalise the Spanish policy. In 1976 he participated in the formation of the Partido Popular (different from the Popular Party derived from people's Alliance) together with José María de Areilza and Pío Cabanillas. This party, in others of similar trend liberal and Christian Democrat union, eventually integrated in January 1977 in the Democratic Centre, which was refounded a few months later with the name of Union of Democratic Center with important presence of José Luis Álvarez, was also President of the same since June of that year.

In 1978, the Minister of the Interior, Rodolfo Martín Villa, appointed him mayor of Madrid, the latter designated before the first democratic elections; He held this position until January 1979, when he resigned to run for the elections called by then; Although he was not elected Councillor, another Deputy representing Madrid. In this parliamentary term from 1979 to 1982 was Chairman of the Education Committee, Member of the Committee on culture, Minister of transport and communications (from May 1980 to December 1981), and Minister of agriculture, fisheries and food (from December 1981 to September 1982).

To be moved the UCD from the Government, he joined the Popular Democratic Party, who served as Vice President, and in the breast from which it obtained a new post of Deputy for Madrid in the 1982-1986 legislature. He was also President of the Commission of incompatibilities, and member of the Association Hispania Nostra, the Superior Council of fine arts, and the Royal Academy of fine arts of San Fernando (his income, 1993 speech, was "Spain, society and culture State"). His works include the transmission of works of art (1975), Spain from the Center, studies on the Spanish historical heritage and the law of 25 June 1985 (1989), the Spaniards (1999) sociological behaviors and other books and articles (as "the Act of 1933 and the transmission of works of art", 1983). Some of them reveal his concern by Spanish architectural heritage conservation.


Chronicle of Madrid. Barcelona, Plaza & Janés, 1999.