From 1981 to 1988, he was head of cabinet of President François Mitterrand (PS). He was then Minister of Agriculture (1998–2002) in the Plural Left government of Lionel Jospin. Among other actions, he prohibited the Gaucho pesticide, alleged of being related to observations concerning the sudden decrease in bee population.
Jean Glavany was elected deputy of Hautes-Pyrénées in 2002, and re-elected in 2007. He sits in the Socialiste, radical, citoyen et divers gauche parliamentary group in the National Assembly. Glavany is also president of the Community of Agglomeration of Tarbes.
Secretary of State for Technical Education : 1992–1993
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries : 1998–2002
Mayor of Maubourguet : 1989–2001
Municipal councillor of Aureilhan, Hautes-Pyrénées : 2001–2008
Municipal councillor of Tarbes : Since 2008
President of the Agglomeration community of the Grand Tarbes : 2001–2008
Vice-president of the General council of Hautes-Pyrénées : 1992–2002
Regional councillor of Midi-Pyrénées : 1992–1993
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