|Mayoress of Valencia|
5 July 1991 –13 June 2015
|Preceded by||Clementina Ródenas|
|Succeeded by||Joan Ribó|
| Spanish Senator |
for designation of the Corts Valencianes
23 July 2015 –23 November 2016
|Born||16 July 1948|
|Died|| 23 November 2016 68) (aged|
|Political party|| People's Party |
María Rita Barberá Nolla (16 July 1948 – 23 November 2016) was the Mayor of Valencia, Spain from 1991 until 2015. Born in Valencia, she was a member of the National Council of the People's Party of Spain and was a Representative in the Valencian regional Parliament (Corts Valencianes). She turned down an offer to become a national deputy at the 2008 Spanish General Election,but she was made a senator by her party after she lost the 2015 municipal elections. As such, she became answerable only to the Tribunal Supremo, and the ordinary judge in charge of the Taula corruption case could therefore not indict her like the rest of her team.
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