Presidents of the Generalitat

Quim Torra i Pla

Quim Torra i Pla131st president: 2018 - 2020

Born in Blanes (Selva), 1962. Graduate in Law from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Lawyer and manager at Winterthur Seguros, 1987-2007. Founder of the publishing house A Contra Vent, director of the Born Cultural Centre and Revista de Catalunya. President of Sovereignty and Justice, 2010-11. Vice president of the board of Òmnium Cultural and acting president in 2015. Proclaimed the 131st president of the Government of Catalonia on 17 May 2018.

Carles Puigdemont

Carles Puigdemont130st president: 2016 - 2018

Born in Amer (Selva) on 29 December 1962. Member of the Parliament of Catalonia since November 2006. Mayor of Girona from 2011 to 2016. Chair of the Association of Municipalities for Independence (AMI) from July 2015 to January 2016. Carles Puigdemont was proclaimed the 130th president of the Government of Catalonia on 12 January 2016.

Artur Mas

Artur Mas129st president: 2010 - 2016

Born in Barcelona in 1956, Artur Mas was raised in an industrially active and business oriented family. In the 2010 Catalan elections, Artur Mas was elected as the 129th President of the Generalitat.

José Montilla

José Montilla128st president: 2006-2010

Born in Iznájar, Córdova (1955). In 1971 his family established themselves in Sant Joan Despí. He became Minister of Industry, Tourism and Trade during the Premiership of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. He was President of the Generalitat between 2006 and 2010.

Pasqual Maragall

Pasqual Maragall127st president: 2003 - 2006

The grandson of poet Joan Maragall, Pasqual was born in Barcelona in 1941. He became Mayor of Barcelona in 1982 and the 1992 Summer Olympics allowed him to lead an internationally recognized urban development plan. In 2003 he was elected as President of the Generalitat.

Jordi Pujol

Jordi Pujol126st president: 1980 - 2003

Born in Barcelona (1930).He received his medical degree from the University of Barcelona and became Deputy to the Spanish Congress from 1977. In 1980 he was elected as President of the Government of Catalonia and was re-elected in 1984, 1988, 1992, 1995 and 1999.

Josep Tarradellas

Josep Tarradellas125st president: 1954 - 1980

Born in Cervelló (1899). , Tarradellas became Deputy of the Spanish Cortes in 1931. Under the presidency of Francesc Macià he was Minister of Governance and Health and later Minister of Public Services, Economy, Finance and Culture during the Spanish Civil War. In 1954, whilst in exile, he was elected as President of the Generalitat.

Josep Irla

Josep Irla124st president: 1940-1954

Born in Sant Feliu de Guíxols (1876), Irla was Deputy of the Spanish Cortes and Member of the Catalan Parliament for the ERC party. He later became the last president of the Catalan Parliament before its abolition by General Franco. After President Companys 's execution in 1940 he assumed the presidency of the Generalitat while in exile.

Lluís Companys

Lluís Companys123st president: 1933 - 1940

Born in Tarròs, Urgell (1882). In 1932 he was appointed as the first president of the Catalan Parliament before being elected as President of the Generalitat. While exiled, he was captured by the Gestapo and handed to Franco. He was subsequently executed by firing squad in 1940. Companys remains as the only elected president in Europe's history to have been executed.

Francesc Macià

Francesc Macià122st president: 1931 - 1933

Born in Vilanova i la Geltrú (1859),he was the first President and the restorer of the contemporary Generalitat. He was leader of the Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya party and proclaimed the Republic of Catalonia from the Palau of the Generalitat on April 14th 1931.

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