Vasco Alves Cordeiro was born on 28th march, 1973. Son of a family of farmers, he spent his childhood and adolescence in the rural village of Covoada, in the island of São Miguel, Autonomous Region of the Azores.
After completing his basic education and secondary studies in his home island, he pursued his academic path in mainland Portugal, where he obtained, in 1995, his degree in Law at the University of Coimbra. Returning to the Azores, Vasco Cordeiro attended a postgraduate course in Regional Law and practiced Law from 1995 to 2003.
In 1996, Vasco Cordeiro was elected member of the Legislative Assembly of the Autonomous Region of the Azores and held the position of leader of his parliamentary group ( 2000/2003 ). In 2003 and 2004, he served as Regional Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries of the Government of the Azores. Between 2004 and 2008, he held the position of Regional Minister of the Presidency, with competences, amongst others, in EU affairs and regional cooperation.
While in office, he acquired international experience representing the Azores in several bodies, including the Committee of the Regions of the EU, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, the Conference Peripheral and Maritime Regions and the Conference of Presidents of Outermost Regions. In 2008, he was appointed Regional Minister for the Economy of the Azores Government, holding competences on air and maritime transports, tourism and promotion of incentive measures to boost the Azores economy.
Vasco Cordeiro was also a Member of the Ponta Delgada Municipal Assembly ( 1997 / 2003 ) and Member of Covoada Village Assembly ( 1997 / 2005 ) were he also served as President between 1997 and 2001.
He is the President of the Government of the Autonomous Region of the Azores since November 6, 2012. Amongst other organisations, he is a member of the Committee of Regions and part of the ENVE (Environment, Climate Change and Energy) and NAT (Natural Resources) Commissions. He was recently appointed CoR rapporteur on the European Strategy for Coastal and Maritime Tourism.
Vasco Cordeiro is married to Paula Cristina and they have two sons, Tomás, born in 2010 and António, born in 2013.