Viorica Dăncilă is a Romanian politician, the current leader of the Social Democratic Party, and the Prime Minister of Romania since 29 January 2018. She is the first woman in Romanian history to hold both the office of Prime Minister and president of the PSD. In 2014, she was elected as a member in the European Parliament for a second term from the PSD.
She became a member of the Social Democratic Party in 1996, as part of the PSD organization of Teleorman County. Over the years she has held several positions in both PSD and the local administration. Viorica Dăncilă was a local council and a county councilor until 2009, when she was elected MEP for her first term. Also, she occupied several leadership positions in the party, as president of the local organization, vice president of PSD Teleorman and president of OFSD Teleorman.
In 2015, she was shortlisted for the MEP Awards, in the Agriculture category.
In 2017, she was again nominated, in two separate categories: Women’s Rights & Gender Equality and Research & Innovation.