Maria da Assunção Esteves

This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Andrade and the second or paternal family name is Esteves.
Her Excellency
Assunção Esteves
President of the Assembly of the Republic
In office
21 June 2011  23 October 2015
Preceded by Jaime Gama
Succeeded by Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues
Member of the Assembly of the Republic
In office
26 October 2009  23 October 2015
Constituency Vila Real
In office
6 April 2002  20 June 2004
Constituency Vila Real
In office
17 August 1987  2 August 1989
Constituency Vila Real
Member of the European Parliament
In office
20 June 2004  13 July 2009
Constituency Portugal
Judge of the Constitutional Court
In office
2 August 1989  11 March 1998
Preceded by Raul Mateus da Silva
Succeeded by Paulo Mota Pinto
Personal details
Born 15 October 1956
Valpaços, Valpaços, Portugal
Political party Social Democratic Party
Profession Jurist

Maria da Assunção Andrade Esteves[1] (born October 15, 1956) is a Portuguese politician who was President of the Assembly of the Republic of Portugal from 2011 to 2015. She was a Member of the European Parliament for the Social Democratic PartyPeople's Party coalition, part of the European People's PartyEuropean Democrats group,[2] from 2004 to 2009.

Life and career

Born in Valpaços, Valpaços, Assunção Esteves holds both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in law from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon, where she was an assistant between 1989 and 1999. During that time, she was also a counseling judge at the Portuguese Constitutional Court from 1989 to 1998.

On 21 June 2011 she became the first female President of the Assembly of the Republic.[3] At the time, being unable to receive both her salary of €5,219.15 as President of the Assembly and her retirement pension of €7,255, which she started receiving at the age of 42, for having been a judge of the Portuguese Constitutional Court, she chose to keep her retirement pension. Additionally, she received €2,133 for work expenses.[4][5]


  1. Biografia
  2. Deputados : Maria da Assunção ESTEVES
  3. Archived from the original on June 24, 2011. Retrieved June 21, 2011. Missing or empty |title= (help) (in Portuguese)
  4. Pereira, Helena (20 November 2011). "Assunção Esteves optou por reforma de 7 mil euros" (in Portuguese). Sol. Retrieved 28 Feb 2016.
  5. Redação/CLC (18 November 2011). "Assunção Esteves opta por mais de 7 mil euros de pensão" (in Portuguese). TVI24. Retrieved 28 Feb 2016.

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