Graduate in law.
Vice-President, CDS-PP (Centre Social Democrats - People's Party); President, Braga District Political Committee, CDS-PP.
President of the Municipal Assembly, Vila Nova de Famalicão.
Member of the Assembly of the Republic during its 8th, 9th and 10th legislative terms; chair, CDS-PP parliamentary group (22 July 2004 - 12 October 2006); Vice-President of the Assembly of the Republic during its 10th legislative term; chair of the 8th Committee of Inquiry into the Camarate tragedy; CDS-PP coordinator for the following committees: Committee on Constitutional Affairs, Rights, Freedoms and Guarantees; Committee on Ethics; Committee on Parity, Equality and Family Opportunities; Parliamentary Committee of Inquiry into the management of the TAP airline; Committee of inquiry into the Foundation for Prevention and Safety; 7th Committee of Inquiry into the Camarate tragedy; Committee of Inquiry into the background to the nationalisation of the BPN bank and banking supervision.
Head of the Portuguese (CDS-PP) delegation in the PPE Group (since 14 July 2009).