Victor Ponta

Romanian Politician
Born Sep 20, 1972

Victor-Viorel Ponta is a Romanian jurist and politician who has served as Prime Minister of Romania since May 2012. A member of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) and its leader since 2010, as well as joint leader of the Social Liberal Union, he has been a member of the Romanian Chamber of Deputies for Gorj County since 2004. In the Emil Boc cabinet, he was Minister-Delegate for Relations with Parliament from 2008 to 2009.… Read More

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1972 Birth Born on September 20, 1972.


1989 16 Years Old Ponta is the winner of the 1989 youth national championship in basketball, where he played for CSA Steaua București; and of the 2008 Dacia Logan Cup, where he was a co-pilot. … Read More
1991 18 Years Old …  Victor Ponta was born in Bucharest, completing secondary studies in 1991 at the city's Ion Neculce High School.


1995 22 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1995, he graduated from the University of Bucharest's Law faculty. … Read More
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From 1998 to 2001, he was a prosecutor at the Supreme Court of Justice in the anti-corruption division, in particular dealing with economic and financial crimes.
2000 27 Years Old 1 More Event
From 2000 to 2001, he coordinated the Bureau for Combating Money Laundering. … Read More
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From 2001 to 2004, Ponta held the rank of Secretary of State as head of the government's Control Department.


2004 31 Years Old 1 More Event
At the 2004 election, Ponta won a seat in the Chamber of Deputies, where he served as both secretary and vice president of its permanent bureau; he was re-elected in 2008. … Read More
2005 32 Years Old In 2005, he became a vice president of Ecosy, while he has been a vice president of the PSD since December 2006.
2006 33 Years Old In 2006, a civil servant at the Ministry of Education (who was in an ongoing feud with Ponta) charged that Ponta, while holding this office, covered up corrupt activities undertaken by former minister Hildegard Puwak, who was cleared of wrongdoing in a report issued by Ponta.
2009 36 Years Old Together with his PSD colleagues, Ponta resigned from the cabinet on 1 October 2009, in protest at the dismissal of vice prime minister and Interior Minister Dan Nica.
2010 37 Years Old 1 More Event
In February 2010, he was elected PSD president at a party congress, defeating incumbent Mircea Geoană, who had narrowly lost a bid to become President of Romania several months earlier. … Read More
2011 38 Years Old 1 More Event
In February 2011, he and Crin Antonescu, head of the National Liberal Party (PNL), formed the Social Liberal Union (USL), a political alliance in opposition to the governing Democratic Liberal Party (PD-L).
Prior to the 2012 legislative election, opposition campaigner Adriean Videanu charged that Ponta's "blackmail" and "threats" had pushed Panait to kill himself.


2013 40 Years Old These grew especially apparent in April 2013, when Ponta, as interim Justice Minister, named Laura Codruța Kövesi to head the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) in spite of objections from the PNL, who viewed her as a Băsescu ally.
In February 2014, the PNL left the government, marking the end of the USL, the precipitating motive being Ponta's refusal to name Klaus Iohannis as deputy prime minister.
2015 42 Years Old 1 More Event
In June 2015, the DNA opened a criminal investigation against Ponta, alleging forgery, complicity in tax evasion and money laundering allegedly committed while he was a lawyer; and a conflict of interest for naming former business associate Dan Șova to several positions while prime minister. … Read More
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