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Biography of Gintaras Steponavičius
Gintaras Steponavičius (born 23 July 1967 in Klaipėda) is a Lithuanian lawyer and Liberal politician, He is a member of the Seimas and Senior Deputy Chair of the Lithuanian Liberal Movement Party.
After graduation in 1985 from Antanas-Vienuolis Middle School in Vilnius, he graduated in 1992 with a Diploma in Legal Studies at the Law Faculty of Vilnius University. He graduated in 1990 in The Hague, Netherlands and in 1991 from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. In 1992 he attended the European Institute of the University of Birmingham in the UK, and later the Academy of European Law in Florence, Italy, and the Royal University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Between 1991–1994 he worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania whilst studying, and from 1994 to 2004 he was a lecturer at the Institute for International Relations and Political Sciences of Vilnius University.
Between 1994 and 2000 he was coordinator of Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Lithuania and between 1994 and 1996 was a contributor to the quarterly journal East European Constitutional Review of the University of Chicago and between 1997 and 2000, columnist of the weekly newspaper Atgimimas and member of the City Council of Vilnius, and chairman of the Liberal Group.
Since 2000, Steponavičius has been a member of the Seimas (Deputy Speaker of the Seimas from 2000 to 2004 and Vice Chairman of the Seimas from 2005 to 2008). Between 2004 and 2006 he was a Member of the Parliamentary Committee on Education, Science and Culture and between 2006 and 2012 he was a Member of the Committee of Legal Affairs.
Between 2008 and 2012 he was Minister of Education. 2004 to 2008 and since 2012 he has been Chair of Group for Inter-Parliamentary Relations with Taiwan.
His personal interests include music and literature, cinema, basketball. Steponavičius speaks fluent English and Russian.