The new government has appointed the first ever female official government representative for the province of Malaga. María Gámez formerly led the PSOE opposition on Malaga city council and stood for mayor in 2011 and 2015. She took a break from politics in 2016.
Gámez replaces Miguel Briones of the PP party. The role, known as the Subdelegada del Gobierno in Spanish, is to act as provincial spokesperson and coordinator for national government activities. With the appointment of Pedro Sánchez as new prime minister, representatives in each province are changing political colour. The job also involves overseeing national security forces, migration, tax collection and transport policy on a local level.