José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero
Place of Birth: Valladolid, Spain
Date of Birth: 4 August, 1960
Ethnicity: Spanish [Castilian, Leónese], remote Galician
José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero is a Spanish politician. A member of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party, he served as Prime Minister of Spain, from 17 April, 2004 to 21 December, 2011. He was Secretary-General of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party, from 22 July, 2000 to 4 February, 2012, and Leader of the Opposition, from 22 July, 2000 to 16 April, 2004.
He is the son of Juan Rodríguez y García-Lozano and María de la Purificación Zapatero y Valero. He is married to singer and music teacher Sonsoles Espinosa Díaz, with whom he has two children.
An Israeli journalist stated that the Zapatero family has Jewish ancestry, probably from a family of Marranos. It is not clear if this is accurate.
José’s paternal grandfather was Juan Claudio Rodríguez y Lozano (the son of Camilo Sebastián Rodríguez Gil and Ángela Marcelina Lozano García). Juan was born in Alange, Badajoz, Extremadura. Sebastián was the son of Antonio Rodríguez Gil and Antonia Camila de los Inocentes Gil y Benítez Milanés. Marcelina and was the daughter of Juan María Lozano García and Casimira García.
José’s paternal grandmother was Josefina García y García (the daughter of parents surnamed García and García).
José’s maternal grandfather was Faustino Valentín Zapatero Ballesteros (the son of Emilio Zapatero González and Elisa Ballesteros Suárez). Faustino was born in Valladolid, Valladolid, Castile and León. Emilio was the son of Agapito Zapatero García and Fausta González de Prado. Elisa was the daughter of Valentín Ballesteros and Rosa Suárez. Fausta’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Bonifacia de San Antolín, who was born in 1733, in Valladolid, was a foundling. She was sent into an orphanage, and took the family name de San Antolín.
José’s maternal grandmother was María de la Natividad Valero y Asensio (the daughter of parents surnamed Valero and Asensio). María was born in Zamora, Zamora, Castile and León.
Source: Genealogy of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero – https://www.geni.com
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