Esteban González Pons
|Esteban González Pons|
|Member of the European Parliament|
|Born||Esteban González Pons
21 August 1964
|Political party|| Spain:
Partido Popular (PP)
European People's Party (EPP)
Early life and career
Married with two children, González Pons gained a doctorate in law and constitutional rights and practised as a lawyer.
Career in national politics
González Pons entered politics in 1993 serving as senator for Valencia province, in the process becoming the youngest member of the senate. He continued in that role until 2003, resigning after being chosen as minister of culture, education and sport in the Valencian regional parliament. He served as the PP spokesman from 2007 until 2008 when he was elected to the Spanish Congress of Deputies representing Valencia region. He headed the PP list for that election, virtually guaranteeing his election in a district where the PP and predecessors had won at least one seat at every election in the modern Spanish democratic era.
Member of the European Parliament, 2014–present
In early 2014, the PP chose González Pons to be party’s number 2 for the European elections, following Miguel Arias Cañete. As Member of the European Parliament, he has since been serving on the Committee on Budgets and the Committee on Constitutional Affairs. He is also a member of the parliament’s delegations for relations with Israel and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean. In addition to his parliamentary assignments, he is a member of the European Parliament Intergroup on LGBT Rights; the European Parliament Intergroup on Children’s Rights; the European Parliament Intergroup on SMEs; and the European Parliament Intergroup on Sports.
When Arias Cañete was nominated as European Commissioner in late 2014, González Pons took over as leader of the Spanish delegation in the EPP Group. In addition, he co-chairs the EPP Justice and Home Affairs Ministers Meeting, alongside German interior minister Thomas de Maizière. He also chairs the EPP’s working group on Brexit.
- Biography at Spanish Senate site
- Members European Parliament Intergroup on LGBTI Rights.
- Members of the European Parliament Intergroup on Children’s Rights European Parliament.
- Members of the European Parliament Intergroup on SMEs European Parliament.
- Members of the European Parliament Intergroup on Sports European Parliament.
- Toby Vogel (September 11, 2014), Departures for Commission open doors for replacement MEPs European Voice.
- Council of the EU and Ministerial meetings European People’s Party (EPP).
- Ryan Heath (March 9, 2017), The 40 MEPs who matter in 2017: #21 ESTEBAN GONZÁLEZ PONS Politico Europe.
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