ⓘ José Luis Ábalos


ⓘ Jose Luis Abalos

Jose Luis Abalos Meco is a Spanish politician of the Spanish Socialist Workers Party who has been serving as Minister of Development of the Government of Spain since 2018, in the cabinets presided by Pedro Sanchez. He has been a Member of the Congress of Deputies since 2009. He is also the Secretary of Organization of his party.


1. Biography

Abalos was born in Torrent province of Valencia in 1959. He is the son of bullfighter Heliodoro Abalos "Carbonerito" and the grandson of a Civil Guard officer, Julian Meco, who died in active service because of a pneumonia during the Revolution of 1934.

He joined the Communist Youth Union of Spain at the age of 17 and in 1978 he officially joined the Communist Party of Spain PCE. After leaving the PCE, Abalos joined the Spanish Socialist Workers Party PSOE in 1981.

Abalos worked as a primary school teacher. Within the PSOE, he served as Secretary-General of the PSOE for the Valencia City North region based around the district of Orriols from 1988 to 1995 before he became PSOE Secretary-General for Valencia city in the latter year. He also stood as a candidate for Secretary-General of the PSOE in the Valencian Community in 2001 and 2008, but was unsuccessful on both occasions.

He was a member of Valencia City Council from 1999 to 2009 while also being a member of the Provincial Deputation of Valencia for the 2003–2007 period. For the Spanish General Election of 2008, he was selected as a candidate for the PSOE, being placed eighth on the list for Valencia Province. With the PSOE as in 2004 winning seven seats, Abalos initially failed to be elected to the Spanish Congress, but in April 2009 he joined the Congress as a substitute for Inmaculada Rodriguez-Piñero, who had been appointed Secretary-General for Infraestructures within the Ministry of Public Works.

In May 24, 2017, he was appointed Acting Spokesperson of the Socialist Group in Congress after the victory of Pedro Sanchez in the partys leadership election. He served as such until June 19, 2017, when Margarita Robles was appointed Spokesperson and Abalos was appointed Secretary of Organization of the PSOE.


1.1. Biography Minister

In June 2018, prime minister Pedro Sanchez appointed Abalos as Minister of Development. Abalos, along with ministers Robles and Batet were the only ministers in the first Cabinet of Pedro Sanchez who were also members of parliament. To avoid overlaps in their agendas, they resigned to its seats at the Congress of Deputies.

The Prime Minister called for snap elections twice in 2019, winning the PSOE both of them. In both elections, Abalos ran for election, being elected MP for the Valencian constituency.

After the November election, PSOE reached a deal with Unidas Podemos to form a coalition government presided by Sanchez, and Abalos was confirmed on its position as Minister, although the portfolio was renamed as Ministry of Transports, Mobility and Urban Agenda.

In January 2020, Abalos met in the guest area of the Madrid–Barajas Airport with Delcy Rodriguez, Vice President of Venezuela, despite the entry ban imposed by the European Union.


2. Positions held

  • Member of the Congress of Deputies representing the Constituency of Valencia 2009–2018
  • Member of the County Council of Valencia 2003–2007
  • Vicesecretary General of PSPV-PSOE 2000–2004
  • Councilor of the City Hall of Valencia 1999–2009
  • Organizational Secretary of PSOE since 2017
  • Acting Spokesperson of the Socialist Party at the Spanish Congress of Deputies 2017
  • Secretary General of PSPV in the province of Valencia 2012–2017
  • Minister of Development 2018–2020; Minister of Transports, Mobility and Urban Agenda since 2020
  • President of the National Committee of the PSPV-PSOE 1997–1999
  • Secretary General of the Socialist Party of Valencia PSPV-PSOE 1995–2000
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