This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Valenciano and the second or maternal family name is Martínez-Orozco.
Elena Valenciano in 2014
Chair of the European Parliament Human Rights Subcommittee
7 July 2014
Member of the European Parliament
(1960-09-18) 18 September 1960 (age 56)
Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party
Party of European Socialists
Javier de Udaeta
University of Amsterdam
María Elena Valenciano Martínez-Orozco (born 18 September 1960) is a Spanish politician of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party, part of the Party of European Socialists.
1 Political career
1.1 Member of the European Parliament, 1999–2008
1.2 Member of the Spanish Parliament, 2008–2014
1.3 Member of the European Parliament, 2014–present
2 Other activities
Member of the European Parliament, 1999–2008
Following the 1999 European elections, Valenciano became a Member of the European Parliament, where she served as Deputy Secretary-General and spokesperson of the Spanish Socialist Delegation. In addition, she was the Socialist Group coordinator in the Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI).
Member of the Spanish Parliament, 2008–2014
Valenciano resigned from the European Parliament in 2008 when she was elected to the Spanish Congress of Deputies in the national elections, representing Madrid. As member of parliament, she served as the Socialist Party’s spokesperson on the Committee on Foreign Affairs. From 2012 to 2014, she was also the Socialists’ deputy secretary general, under the leadership of Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba.
Member of the European Parliament, 2014–present
In February 2014, the Spanish Socialist Workers Party chose Valenciano as its lead candidate for the European elections; at the time, PSOE was the second biggest Socialist party delegation in the European Parliament’s S&D Group, with 23 MEPs.
On 14 May 2014, Valenciano and her Conservative couterpart Miguel Arias Cañete were featured in Spanish television’s first live debate between the country’s leading candidates for a European Parliame