Dalia Itzik was born in Jerusalem in 1952.

She recieved a B.A. in Literature and History from the Hebrew University and a Teacher’s Diploma from the Efrata Teachers Seminary in Jerusalem. She recieved a Law Degree from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya.

A teacher by profession, Dalia Itzik is a former deputy Mayor of Jerusalem in charge of education. She was chairperson of the Legislative Panel of the Labor Party, a member of the Labor Party Central Committee, and a member of the Board of Governors of the Israel Broadcasting Authority and the boards of the Jerusalem theater and Gerard Behar Center.

Elected to the Knesset in 1992, she has served on the Education and Culture Committee, which she chaired from March 1995 to June 1996; the Committee for the Advancement of the Status of Women, the Science and Technology Committee; and the Internal Affairs and Environment Committee.

In the 16th Knesset Dalia Itzik served as chairperson of the Labor-Meimad parliamentary group as a member of the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee as well as the Committee for the Advancement of the Status of Women and the House Committee.

Dalia Itzik served as Minister of the Environment from July 1999 until March 2001. She served as Minister of Industry and Trade from March 2001 until October 2002, when she resigned from the government together with the other Labor ministers. She served as Minister of Communications from January to November 2005, when Labor resigned from the government.

In May 2006 Dalia Itzik was selected Speaker of the 17th Knesset, serving until 2009.

Dalia Itzik served as Acting President of the State of Israel from January 25 – July 15 of 2007.

She is married and the mother of three.

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