|Spokesperson of the Socialist Group in the Senate|
|Assumed office |
19 June 2017
|Preceded by||Vicente Álvarez Areces|
|Assumed office |
13 December 2011
|Councillor of the Mena Valley|
23 June 1995 – 13 June 2011
Ander Gil García
9 February 1974
|Alma mater||University of Burgos|
|Occupation||Teacher and politician|
Ander Gil García (born 9 February 1974) is a Spanish teacher and politician serving as Senator for Burgos and Spokesperson of the Socialist Group in the Senate. Previously, Gil served as a local councillor for Valle de Mena from 1995 to 2011.
Gil was born in Barakaldo, Biscay. He graduated as an elementary school teacher in the University of Burgos and he started his political career at the age of 21, when he was elected local councillor in Valle de Mena, Burgos province. He was appointed by Mayor Armando Robredo Cerro as Councillor for Culture, Education and Youth. He also worked at Biscay in a Reception Center for Foreign Unaccompanied Minors.
After more than fifteen years in local politics, Gil was appointed candidate to the Senate for the Province of Burgos for the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party, being elected for the first time in the 2011 general election.
On 27 October 2017, Gil defended the application of Article 155 of the Constitution in Catalonia from the tribune of the Senate on behalf of the PSOE, after this region held an illegal referendum and approved a disconnection law and a unilateral declaration of independence during the premiership of Mariano Rajoy (PP).
After the vote of no confidence against the government of Rajoy and the election of Pedro Sanchez as Prime Minister on 1 June 2018, the PSOE faced an absolute majority in the Senate of the PP (62 socialist senators vs 146 PP senators), which had the objective of hindering the work of the socialist government, as was demonstrated by the PP veto to increase the limit of expenditure of the General State Budget on 27 December 2018. This veto prevented the use of 6 extra billion euros.
During this period of minority government, Gil led the Socialist Parliamentary Group in the Senate managing to approve 86% of their initiatives debated in the Senate. Ander Gil also managed to defend the Prime Minister from the constant attacks of the People's Party, especially his demands to appear in the Senate without agreeing with the rest of the political forces and the Government itself. These PP attacks provoked an unprecedented scenario on 24 January 2019, when the PP convened an extraordinary plenary session in the Senate for the appearance of Pedro Sánchez, while he was at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos (Switzerland).
In December 2018, he was named "Senator of the Year" by the Association of Parliamentary Journalists.
He ran for re-election in the 2019 general election, being re-elected for the third time and becoming the most voted senator in the Province, above his direct rival, the Mayor of Burgos, Javier Lacalle, from the People's Party. This was the first time in democracy that a candidate from the left managed to be the most voted senator.
Also in this elections, the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party got an absolute majority for the first time since 1993. As a reward for his job during the minority government, Sánchez nominated him again to lead the Socialist Group in the Senate, a nomination that was approved by the Executive Body of the Party.
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