Dr Jose’ A. Herrera is a member of the Maltese government. He is a lawyer and has served as a Member of Parliament for 17 years.
In the 2013he was chosen by the Prime Minister Dr. Joseph Muscat to form part of his cabinet and, in 2014, appointed him a Parliamentary Secretary for Competitiveness and Economic Growth, making him responsible for the iGaming sector in Malta.
For 27 years Hon. Herrera practiced his profession as a lawyer, owing a legal office, specializing in criminal law. He involved himself early in politics. Hon. Herrera served as a member and, later, Assistant General Secretary of the University’s Students’ Representative Council.
His first front bench role was as Labour’s spokesperson for the Central Bank, Financial Services and Maritime Affairs. He was a member of the Maltese and EU Joint Committee between 1996 and 1998, as well as a member of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs and European Affairs. He was also a member of the Labour Party’s Executive Group, where he represented the Parliamentary Group. During the 2008 – 2013 legislature, Hon. Herrera served as a Shadow Minister for Justice and actively participated as a member of the Committee for the Ratification of Legislations.
In his current role Hon. Herrera is responsible for all Local Government, together with Culture, Heritage and Restoration. He is also responsible for Valletta 2018 as the European Capital of Culture.
Throughout his political career, he has attended various international conferences, and was in the first group of Maltese Members of Parliament to take part in a preliminary session of the European Parliament, held in Strasbourg.
Parliamentary Secretary Hon. Jose’ Herrera is married to Alexandra, nee Camilleri Ellul Bonici, and together they have two children, Miguel and Martina.