Sylvia Pinel

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Sylvia Pinel
Sylvia Pinel 2013.jpg
Sylvia Pinel in 2013
Member of the National Assembly
for Tarn-et-Garonne's 2nd constituency
Assumed office
12 March 2016
Preceded byJacques Moignard
In office
20 June 2007 – 21 July 2012
Preceded byJacques Briat
Succeeded byJacques Moignard
Member of the Regional council of Occitanie
Assumed office
4 January 2016
PresidentCarole Delga
Minister of Territorial Equality and Housing
In office
2 April 2014 – 11 February 2016
PresidentFrançois Hollande
Prime MinisterManuel Valls
Preceded byCécile Duflot
Succeeded byEmmanuelle Cosse
Personal details
Born (1977-09-28) 28 September 1977 (age 44)
L'Union, Haute-Garonne, France
NationalityFrench
Political partyPRG
Alma materToulouse 1 University Capitole

Sylvia Pinel (born 28 September 1977) is a French politician who has been serving as a member of the National Assembly of France since 2016, where she represents the 2nd constituency in the Tarn-et-Garonne department.[1] Since 3 September 2016, she has been the leader of the moderate and social-liberal center-left Radical Party of the Left.

Early life and education[edit]

Pinel attended Lycée Michelet in Montauban, and received a DESS focusing on litigation and arbitration and a DEA in European law at Toulouse at the Toulouse 1 University Capitole, she studied her first year of law school at the university center of Montauban.

Pinel's mother was Deputy Mayor of Fabas, worked with Senator-Mayor radical Pierre Tajan. Her father, Michel Pinel, who died in 2011, was an alderman in Gargas.

Political career[edit]

Member of the National Assembly, 2007–2012[edit]

In the second round (run-off) election to the National Assembly in 2007, Pinel was elected in the 2nd constituency of Tarn-et-Garonne (Castelsarrasin). In the second round (run-off) election to the National Assembly in 2012, she was re-elected in the same constituency by 30,445 votes (54.31%) to 20,417 (40.14%) for her opponent, Dulac; there were 50,862 valid votes cast out of 89,289 electors.

In parliament, Pinel served on the Committee on Legal Affairs (2007-2012) and the Defense Committee (2016-2017).[2]

Career in government[edit]

On 16 May 2012 Pinel was appointed Junior Minister for Crafts, Trade, and Tourism at the French Ministry of Productive Recovery by President François Hollande; shortly after, on 18 June 2012, she became Minister for Crafts, Trade, and Tourism at the French Ministry of Productive Recovery.

On 2 April 2014 Pinel was appointed Minister of Territorial Equality and Housing in the government of Prime Minister Manuel Valls. During her time in office, France announced measures in 2015 to boost its housing market, providing 2 billion euros ($2.15 billion) in tax relief to banks offering new zero-interest mortgages.[3]

In the Socialist Party's primaries, Pinel ran to become the party's candidate in the 2017 French presidential election; she was the only female candidate.[4] She eventually lost against Benoît Hamon.[5][6]

Member of the National Assembly, 2017–present[edit]

In the second round (run-off) of the 2017 French legislative election, Pinel was re-elected in the same constituency by 21,398 votes (55.40%) to 17,230 (44.60%) for her National Front opponent, Romain Lopez; there were 38,628 valid votes cast out of 93,329 electors.

In parliament, Pinel has been serving on the Commission on Economic Affairs since 2019. She has also been a member of the Finance Committee (2017-2020).[7]

Following the formation of the Liberties and Territories (LT) parliamentary group in 2018, Pinel became its deputy chairwoman, under the leadership of co-chairs Bertrand Pancher and Philippe Vigier.[8] When Vigier left the group in 2020, she succeeded him as co-chair.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Liste Définitive des Députés Élus à L'issue des Deux Tours" (in French). National Assembly of France. Retrieved 4 July 2010.
  2. ^ Sylvia Pinel National Assembly.
  3. ^ Michel Rose, (November 9, 2015), France introduces new measures to boost depressed housing market Reuters.
  4. ^ John Irish (December 17, 2016), Seven candidates to compete in French left-wing presidential primaries Reuters.
  5. ^ Anne-Sylvaine Chassany (January 13, 2017), France’s Socialist contenders expose deep divisions in TV debate Financial Times.
  6. ^ Lucy Williamson (January 21, 2017), France's Socialists open battle for party's future BBC News.
  7. ^ Sylvia Pinel National Assembly.
  8. ^ Tristan Quinault-Maupoil and Mathilde Siraud (October 17, 2018), Assemblée nationale : création d'un nouveau groupe baptisé «Libertés et territoires» Le Figaro.