Presidents of the Generalitat
Born on December 29th 1962 in Amer (la Selva), he studied Catalan philology at the University College of Girona and developed his professional career as journalist at El Punt. He has been a member of the Parliament of Catalonia since November 2006 and from 2011 until 2016 he was Mayor of Girona. He was also Chair of the Association of Municipalities for Independence (AMI) between July 2015 until and January 2016.On January 12th 2016 Carles Puigdemont was proclaimed the 130th President of the Government of Catalonia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Generalitat of Catalonia dates as far back as 1359 and Berenguer de Cruïlles, Bishop of Girona, was its first President.
View the complete list of the Generalitat's presidents from the institutions' commencements.