State Councilor since 7 April 2016, former leader of the PSD (2005-2007), political commentator and lawyer. Luís Marques Mendes, born in Guimarães on 5 September 1957, holds a degree in Law from the University of Coimbra. He was a Member of Parliament for several years, since 1987, with some interruptions. He was president of the PSD parliamentary group from 1995 to 1999. Likewise, he was Minister of Parliamentary Affairs during the Durão Barroso Government and assistant minister (1992-1995) in the Cavaco Silva government.