Iratxe García

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Iratxe García Pérez
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Chair of the European Parliament Women's Rights and Gender Equality Committee
Assumed office
7 July 2014
Preceded by Mikael Gustafsson
Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
June 2004
Constituency Spain
Personal details
Born Iratxe García
(1974-10-07) 7 October 1974 (age 43)
Barakaldo, Spain
Nationality Spanish
Political party  Spain:
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party
Party of European Socialists
Spouse(s) Flavio Pérez
Alma mater University of Valladolid

Iratxe García Pérez (born 7 October 1974 in Barakaldo, Biscay) is a Spanish politician and Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from Spain.[1] She is a member of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party, part of the Party of European Socialists.

Political career[edit]

Member of the Spanish Parliament, 2000–2004[edit]

García entered politics at the Spanish General Election of 2000 when she was elected to the Congress of Deputies representing Valladolid Province.[2]

Member of the European Parliament, 2004–present[edit]

In her first parliamentary term between 2004 and 2009, García served on the Committee on Regional Development (REGI), the Delegation to the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly (EMPA), and the Delegation for Relations with the Maghreb countries and the Arab Maghreb Union (including Libya).

She also serves on the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) and the Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with the Arab Peninsula. In addition, she is a member of the European Parliament Intergroup on LGBT Rights[3] and of the European Parliament Intergroup on the Western Sahara.[4]

In July 2014, García was elected chairwoman of the European Parliament Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM). In September 2014, PSOE chairman Pedro Sánchez appointed her as head of the party’s delegation of MEPs in the S&D Group, replacing Elena Valenciano.[5]


  1. ^ Iratxe Garcia Perez's profile page on MiCandidate
  2. ^ Biography at Spanish Congress site
  3. ^ Members European Parliament Intergroup on LGBTI Rights.
  4. ^ Members Archived 8 December 2015 at the Wayback Machine. European Parliament Intergroup on Western Sahara.
  5. ^ Nicholas Hirst (2 September 2014), García to lead Spanish socialist MEPs European Voice.