David Lega

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David Lega
David Lega in Jan 2014.jpg
David Lega in January 2014
Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
2 July 2019
Personal details
Born12 October 1973 (1973-10-12) (age 47)
Gothenburg, Sweden
OccupationDeputy Mayor of Gothenburg
Known forParalympic swimming, public speaking

Michael David Alexander Lega (born 12 October 1973) is Swedish politician and a former Paralympic Swimmer who beat 14 world records during his career. In 2011 he changed career and become Deputy Mayor of Gothenburg and second vice chairman of the Christian Democrats and in the 2019 European Parliament election in Sweden he was one of the leading candidates and was elected Member of the European Parliament.[1] He currently serves on the Committee on foreign affairs and the Committee of human rights.

Early career[edit]

Lega retired after the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games and started a successful career as a public speaker and entrepreneur. In 2005, Lega was named one of the JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World. Previous honorees include John F Kennedy, Orson Welles and Elvis Presley.

Lega owns companies within Personal Development, Computer Technology and has his own clothes brand called Lega Wear. He released the book HANDS FREE - David Lega's Inspiring Journey in 2008.

Political career[edit]

In January 2011, Lega started his new career as Deputy Mayor of Gothenburg, Sweden's second largest city. In January 2012 he was elected second vice chairman of the Christian Democratic Party in Sweden.

Lega has been a Member of the European Parliament since the 2019 elections. He has since been serving on the Committee on Foreign Affairs and its Subcommittee on Human Rights. In addition to his committee assignments, he is part of the European Parliament Intergroup on Disability.[2]


Lega's merits include board memberships of the Swedish Sports Confederation and UNICEF Sweden. He won the Whang Youn Dai Achievement Award in 1996.