José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, well known Spanish politician from León, was mantenedor of Bembibre’s National Festival for the Exaltation of Botillo in February 1992.
He found his way in politics after listening to Felipe González on a politic speech in 1976 before Franco’s death and the legalization of democratic political parties in Spain. His first contact with politics would come, first, as a member of the Socialist Youth and the Socialist Party in 1979. When reached adulthood he served as secretary of the youth organization in León.
In 1986 Zapatero was elected Deputy for León in the Congress (1986-1989), becoming the youngest member of the Lower House.
He was also elected as secretary of the León Socialist Federation (FSL)the 19th June 1988, at the V Congress of the provincial PSOE held in Astorga. With a recognized ability to iron out personal ideological differences between his companions, in a context of the splitting of León socialism.