Assunção Cristas

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Assunção Cristas
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President of CDS – People's Party
Assumed office
13 March 2016
Preceded by Paulo Portas
Minister of Agriculture and Sea
In office
24 July 2013 – 26 November 2015
Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho
Succeeded by Luís Capoulas Santos (as Minister of Agriculture, Forests and Rural Development)
Minister of Agriculture, Sea, Environment and Territorial Planning
In office
21 June 2011 – 24 July 2013
Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho
Preceded by António Serrano (as Minister of Agriculture and Sea)
Dulce Pássaro (as Minister of Environment and Territorial Planning)
Succeeded by Jorge Moreira da Silva (as Minister of Environment, Territorial Planning and Energy)
Personal details
Born (1974-09-28) 28 September 1974 (age 41)
Luanda, Portuguese Angola
Political party CDS - People's Party (2007–present)
Spouse(s) Tiago Pereira dos Reis Machado da Graça
Children 2 sons, 2 daughters
Alma mater University of Lisbon
Occupation Politician
Profession Lawyer
Professor
Religion Roman Catholicism

Maria da Assunção de Oliveira Cristas Machado da Graça (born Luanda, Portuguese Angola, September 28, 1974) is a Portuguese lawyer, professor, conservative politician and president of the CDS - People's Party. From 2011 to 2015, she served as Minister of Agriculture, Sea, Environment and Territorial Planning in the government led by Pedro Passos Coelho.

Life before politics[edit]

She is a lawyer by training and a professor at the New University of Lisbon. She graduated in law in 1997 by the University of Lisbon, was admitted in the Portuguese Bar Association in 1999 and completed her doctorate in Private Law in 2004.

Political career[edit]

Assunção Cristas has been a member of Democratic and Social Centre - People's Party since 2007. She was first elected to the Assembly of the Republic in 2009 elections, representing Leiria. She was re-elected in 2011 elections, participating in the negotiations between her party and the winning Social Democratic Party to form a coalition government.

Before entering the party, she was already known as an advocate against abortion.

Personal life[edit]

Assunção Cristas is married to Tiago Pereira dos Reis Machado da Graça and mother of four children. She was the first woman to get pregnant and give birth while in office as a Portuguese minister.

She is a practising Catholic.

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