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  • She was born in Cabra (Córdoba) in 1957.
  • She graduated in Public Law from the University of Sevillas and she has a PhD in Constitutional Law from the University of Córdoba. Before being appointed as VicePresident of the Spanish Government, she was a tenured professor of Constitutional Law at the School of Law of the University of Córdoba.
  • She has been Vice-Dean of the School of Law of the University of Córdoba from 1990 to 1994; Counselor of the Economic and Social Council of Córdoba from 1994 to 1996 and Secretary of the Andalusian Interuniversity Institute of Criminology from 1992 to 1996.
  • She was Secretary General of the University of Córdoba between 1994 and 1996.
  • She was Counselor of the Regional Government of Andalucía (Junta de Andalucía) from 1996 to 2004 and Minister of Culture of the Spanish Government from 2004 to 2007. She has also previosuly been elected as Member of the Andalusian Parliament, heading the list of Córdoba, from 2000 to 2004 and as Member of the Spanish Parliament (Congreso de los Diputados) from 2004 to 2011, also heading the list of Córdoba.
  • Between 2007 and 2008 she was First Vice President of the Spanish Parliament (Congreso de los Diputados) and President of the Gender Equality Committee from 2008 to 2011.
  • Between June 2018 and January 2020 she was Vice President of the Spanish Government, Minister of the Presidency, Relations with the Parliament and Gender Equality.
  • Since January 2020 she has been First Vice President of the Spanish Government, Minister of the Presidency, Relations with Parliament and Democratic Memory.
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