Alberto Garzón

This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Garzón and the second or maternal family name is Espinosa.
Alberto Garzón
General Coordinator of United Left
Assumed office
4 July 2016
Preceded by Cayo Lara
Member of the Congress of Deputies
Assumed office
13 December 2011
Constituency Málaga and Madrid
IU Secretary for Constitutional Process
In office
28 June 2014  4 July 2016
Preceded by Enrique Santiago
Succeeded by Esther López Barceló
IU Secretary for Global Economic Policy
In office
16 December 2012  28 June 2014
Preceded by José Antonio García Rubio
Succeeded by José Antonio García Rubio
Personal details
Born Alberto Garzón Espinosa
(1985-10-09) 9 October 1985
Logroño, Spain
Political party Communist Party of Spain
United Left
Alma mater University of Malaga

Alberto Garzón Espinosa (born 9 October 1985) is a Spanish politician and economist, member of the Communist Party of Spain and United Left since 2003. In the 2011 general election, he was elected as an MP with that coalition. He has been secretary of constituent process in IU since 2014, and in 2015, he was elected as IU candidate for that year's general election. He was a researcher in University Pablo de Olavide in Sevilla.


Family origins and youth

He is the son of Alberto Garzón Blanco, a teacher of Geography and History in Malaga, and Isabel Espinosa, a pharmacist from La Rioja. The two met on a summer trip in Rincón de la Victoria. He spent his early years in Logroño, where he was born. When he was three, the family moved to the Sevilian town of Marchena, where his father had obtained a job.[1]

In 1994, the family returned to Rincón de la Victoria. He attended the Manuel Laza Palacios elementary school and the Ben Al Jatib secondary school. He liked football and attempted, unsuccessfully, to make his way into Sports Club Rincón.[1]

University stage

Alberto Garzón initially studied Administration and Management of Corporations at the Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences of the University of Malaga, but the following year he changed to Economics. [1] When he was 18 years old, he joined United Left The Greens-Andalucía.[1]

In 2004, he participated in the foundation of Students for a Critical Economy, an association of which he was president until 2008 and that was in the same line as the Post-autistic economics movement born in France a few years earlier. The purpose of that group was academic and militant, since it denounced "the unique thinking and the intellectual emptiness that reigns in the teaching of economics" at the same time as it participated in social movements such like the Social Forum Another Malaga of 2004.[2] The association would incorporate first "Left-wing students", a university association of a left-wing and anticapitalist nature, and later, in the platform of "Critical students", a union of many progressive groups.[3] Criticist Economy Malaga stood in the students' elections, obtaining 64% of the votes in 2008.[4]


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