Cristina Narbona

Cristina Narbona
First Vice President of the Senate
In office
21 May 2019 – 17 August 2023
PresidentManuel Cruz Rodríguez
Pilar Llop
Preceded byPedro Sanz
President of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party
Assumed office
17 June 2017
Preceded byMicaela Navarro
Minister of Environment
In office
18 April 2004 – 14 April 2008
Prime MinisterJosé Luis Rodríguez Zapatero
Preceded byElvira Rodríguez
Succeeded byElena Espinosa
Member of the Senate
In office
21 May 2019 – 17 August 2023
Member of the Congress of Deputies
Assumed office
17 August 2023
In office
13 December 2011 – 10 January 2013
In office
2 April 2004 – 30 April 2008
In office
21 March 1996 – 5 April 2000
Member of the City Council of Madrid
In office
13 June 1999 – 16 June 2003
Personal details
Born (1951-07-29) 29 July 1951 (age 72)
Madrid, Spain
Political partySpanish Socialist Workers' Party
(m. 2018)
Alma materSapienza University of Rome

María Cristina Narbona Ruiz (born 29 July 1951) is a Spanish politician who served as First Vice President of the Senate. She also presides over the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE).

From 18 April 2004 to April 2008, she served as Minister of Environment in the government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. She is a trustee of the Fundacion IDEAS, a think tank linked to the PSOE.


Narbona was born in Madrid. At the age of 12 she emigrated to Rome with her parents, where she obtained a degree in economics before returning to Spain in 1975. Subsequently, she taught at the University of Seville and served in the regional government of Andalucia. In 1993 she joined the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE). She served in the local government of Madrid in several capacities. She has represented Madrid in the Spanish Congress since 2000.

On 18 June 2017 she was elected president of Spanish Socialist Worker's Party. Having been in a relationship with fellow PSOE politician Josep Borrell since 1998, they married in July 2018.

She tested positive for the COVID-19 on 1 February 2021 during the pandemic in Spain, but with mild symptoms.

Political views

In a 2002 interview with Telemadrid, Narbona argued that the price of housing in Spain was excessive and out of reach of young people, and called for more government aid in the housing sector.

Narbona is an opponent of nuclear power and supports the gradual closure of nuclear plants in Spain. She has also supported the implementation of the Kyoto Protocols in Spain.

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