Esteban González Pons

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Esteban González Pons

Esteban González Pons 2011 (cropped).jpg
Member of the European Parliament
for Spain
Assumed office
1 July 2014
Member of the Congress of Deputies
In office
Minister of Culture, Education and Sport in the Valencian Regional Parliament
In office
Member of the Spanish Senate
for Valencia
In office
Personal details
Esteban González Pons

(1964-08-21) 21 August 1964 (age 55)
Valencia, Spain
Political partyPeople's Party (PP)
European People's Party (EPP)

Esteban González Pons (Valencia, Spain, 21 August 1964) is a Spanish politician who belongs to the People's Party (PP). He has been a Member of the European Parliament for the People’s Party since 2014 and was re-elected in 2019.

Early life and career[edit]

Married, and with three children,[1] González Pons gained a doctorate in law and constitutional rights and practised as a lawyer.

Political career[edit]

Ballot headed by Esteban González Pons.

Career in national politics[edit]

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[edit]

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;[2] the European Parliament Intergroup on Children’s Rights;[3] the European Parliament Intergroup on SMEs;[4] and the European Parliament Intergroup on Sports.[5]

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.[6] In addition, he co-chairs the EPP Justice and Home Affairs Ministers Meeting, alongside German interior minister Thomas de Maizière (until 2018) and Kai Mykkänen (since 2018).[7] He also chairs the EPP’s working group on Brexit.[8]


  1. ^ "Biography at Spanish Senate site". Archived from the original on 2008-06-24. Retrieved 2008-09-15.
  2. ^ Members European Parliament Intergroup on LGBTI Rights.
  3. ^ Members of the European Parliament Intergroup on Children’s Rights European Parliament.
  4. ^ Members of the European Parliament Intergroup on SMEs European Parliament.
  5. ^ Members of the European Parliament Intergroup on Sports European Parliament.
  6. ^ Toby Vogel (September 11, 2014), Departures for Commission open doors for replacement MEPs European Voice.
  7. ^ Council of the EU and Ministerial meetings European People’s Party (EPP).
  8. ^ Ryan Heath (March 9, 2017), The 40 MEPs who matter in 2017: #21 ESTEBAN GONZÁLEZ PONS Politico Europe.

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