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Minister of National Education and Vocational Training
Mady Delvaux-Stehres was born in 1950 and has three children. She studied classics at the Sorbonne prior to teaching at the Lycée Michel-Rodange in Luxembourg up until 1989.
Having joined the LSAP (Luxembourg Socialist Workers’ Party) in 1974, Mady Delvaux-Stehres was initially active in the Socialist Women group. She joined the LSAP Management Committee in 1985 and remained a member until 1989, when she was appointed to the Government. She was also elected Municipal Councillor of Luxembourg City in October 1987.
Named as chief candidate for the Centre constituency in 1989 (and in 1994), she came out first in the general election and joined the CSV-LSAP Government of 1989 as State Secretary for Health, Social Security, Youth and Sport. Following the 1994 elections, she became Minister for Communications, Transport and Social Security.
During the 1989-1994 legislature period she began reforming health insurance. From 1994 to 1999, she dealt with the introduction of the new long-term care insurance.
As Minister of Transport, between 1994 and 1999, she was to reorganise the railways in accordance with European directives and as Minister for Communications, she implemented the liberalisation of telephone services.
In June 1999, Mady Delvaux-Stehres was re-elected to the Chamber of Deputies and four months later, she obtained a new term of office in the municipal council of Luxembourg City. During her term as Deputy, Mady Delvaux-Stehres was, within the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, a member of the Committee on Culture and the Committee on the Honouring of Obligations and Commitments by Member States of the Council of Europe (Monitoring Committee). In October 2003, she became one of its co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Turkey.
Following the general election on 13 June 2004, Mady Delvaux-Stehres was appointed Minister of National Education and Vocational Training on 31 July 2004.