Maria da Assunção Esteves

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Andrade and the second or paternal family name is Esteves.
Her Excellency
Assunção Esteves
Ollanta Humala cumprimenta Assunção Esteves.jpg
President of the Assembly of the Republic
Assumed office
21 June 2011
President Aníbal Cavaco Silva
Preceded by Jaime Gama
Member of Parliament
Assumed office
26 October 2009
Constituency Vila Real district
In office
6 April 2002 – 20 June 2004
Constituency Vila Real district
In office
17 August 1987 – 2 August 1989
Constituency Vila Real district
Member of the European Parliament
In office
20 June 2004 – 13 July 2009
Constituency Portugal
Judge of the Constitutional Court
In office
2 August 1989 – 4 March 1998
Appointed by Parliament
Personal details
Born 15 October 1956
Valpaços, Valpaços, Portugal
Political party Social Democratic Party
Profession Jurist

Maria da Assunção Andrade Esteves[1] (born October 15, 1956 in Valpaços, Valpaços) is a Portuguese politician and was a Member of the European Parliament for the Social Democratic PartyPeople's Party coalition; part of the European People's Party–European Democrats group.[2]

Assunção Esteves holds both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in law from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon, where she was an assistant between 1989 and 1999. During that time, she was also a counseling judge at the Portuguese Constitutional Court from 1989 to 1998.

On 21 June 2011 she became the first female President of the Assembly of the Republic.[3] Being unable to receive both her salary of €5,219.15 as President of the Assembly of the Republic and her retirement pension of €7,255, which she started receiving at the age of 42, for having been a judge of the Portuguese Constitutional Court, she choose to keep her retirement pension. Additionally, she receives €2,133 for work expenses.[4]