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Samantha Sacramento was born in Gibraltar to a family with a strong socialist and trade union background. She went through the local education system and then attended the University of Wales, Cardiff, where she read Law, and obtained an LLB, LLM and sat the Bar. She is a member of the Middle Temple.

She started her professional career at the Commission for Racial Equality in Cardiff between 2001-2003. In 2004 she returned to Gibraltar and initiated her practice as a barrister, predominantly in commercial and civil litigation, a position she held until 2011 when she decided to enter politics.

She stood as a candidate for the Gibraltar Socialist Labour Party which was elected into office in the general elections in December 2011.   She was appointed Minister for Social Services and Equality making her the first Minister for Equality. During her term she has introduced measures that have considerably improved the lives of people with physical and learning disabilities and has also raised the agenda in issues relating to gender equality and domestic violence.   Following a ministerial reshuffle in 2014, she was also made Minister for Tourism and Housing.  She is the first female to have acted for the Gibraltar’s Chief Minister in his absence.  Minister Sacramento is noted for the development and improvement of social services and raising its profile and for introducing new child protection and safeguarding policies for children and vulnerable people.

As a Minister of Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar, she regularly represents the Rock as leader of the Gibraltar delegation at numerous regional Commonwealth Parliamentary Conferences and related events as leader of the Gibraltar delegation.  This has included the Falkland Islands, Johannesburg, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Cameroon, and Cyprus.

Minister Sacramento is also a member of the CPA Regional Commonwealth Women’s Parliamentarian Steering Committee. She also attends the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

In February 2016 she was appointed the first honorary ambassador for the Girl Guide Movement in Gibraltar.

Her interests outside of politics and public life include current affairs, photography and travel.

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