On December 19th, 2008, Roberta Anastase was elected Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies. She is the first woman to hold the office in the history of Romania. Prior to being elected, Ms. Anastase was a Member of Parliament, representing her home county of Prahova in the Chamber of Deputies. From 2005 to 2008, she was an observer, and then a Member of the European Parliament, affiliated with the European People’s Party – European Democrats Group. In November of 2008, under a new voting system, she was reelected as the first representative of the 11th electoral district of Prahova (Ploiesti-Vest) to the Chamber of Deputies.
Ms. Anastase was born in Ploiești on March 27th, 1976. A sociologist by training, she pursued post-graduate studies in Political Science and European Studies.
Her political activity dates back to 1991 when, at the age of 15, she became a member of the Democratic Party (currently the Democratic – Liberal Party). Since then, she served in turn as Vice-President of the Youth Organization, member of the National Political Bureau and Head of the Prahova Branch. She is currently the Executive Secretary for international relations of the Democratic-Liberal Party.
Throughout her time as an MP and an MEP, Ms. Anastase has supported justice reform, women's rights and equal opportunities. She was also European Parliament Rapporteur for the Black Sea Synergy and maintains a keen interest in foreign and regional affairs.