Ramón Luis Valcárcel Siso
Ramón Luis Valcárcel Siso (born November 16, 1954 in Murcia, Spain), is the President of the Committee of the Regions (CoR) and President of the Autonomous Community of Murcia.
Having graduated in Arts and Philosophy at the University of Murcia, he taught the history of art whilst carrying out research related to the art and history of the Murcia Region.
His political career began in 1982 when he joined the Popular Alliance (now the People's Party) shortly after which he assumed responsibility for regional planning at the Murcia Municipal Authority.
M. Valcárcel Siso became a member of the Murcia City Council in 1987 and was elected President of People's Party of the Murcia Region in 1991, a post which he has held ever since. After winning the Murcia's regional elections in 1995, he was appointed President of the Autonomous Community of Murcia, being re-elected in 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011.
He became Member of the CoR in 1995 and held a number of positions in the institution over the last fifteen years. In July 2012 he was elected President of the CoR for a period of 2.5 years, taking over the presidency of Mercedes Bresso.