Teresa Fernández de la Vega is the first woman to occupy the Vice-Presidency
of Spain, a post she combines at the head of the President's Ministry.
was born in 1949 in Valencia and holds a first class Degree in Law which she obtained
at the Complutense University of Madrid and a Doctorate which she studied at Barcelona
University. She also studied European Community Law in the University of Strasburg,
where she specialised in Human Rights and International Judicial Cooperation in
the European Council.
She started her judicial career from the bottom as
a legal secretary, and worked her way up the system to become one of the first
women judges to earn a place in the "Justicia Democrática" movement,
a group of judges who were very influencial during Spain's transition to democracy.
She served in the Ministry of Justice in the 1980s and in 1989 she became a magistrate,
obtaining the highest qualification out of all the successful candidates.
She was appointed Secretary of State for Justice in 1994 in the last Felipe Gonzalez
Government and was elected to parliament as an MP for the PSOE party in 1996 and
2000. During this period, Fernández de la Vega was appointed General Secretary
of the Parliamentary Socialist Group.
María Teresa Fernández