In the 1980s, he started a career in local politics in Poitou-Charentes region. With the support of René Monory, the local political leader, he took the chair of the regional council in 1988. Seven years later, he was elected senator of Vienne département.
Prime Minister : 2002–2005.
Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises, Commerce and Craft : 1995–1997.
Member of European Parliament : 1989–1995 (Became minister in 1995). Reelected in 1994.
Senate of France
Senator of Vienne : Elected in 1995, but he stays minister / 1997–2002 (Became Prime minister in 2002) / Re-elected in 2004, but he stays Prime minister / Since 2005. Elected in 1995, re-elected in 1997, 2004, 2005, 2008.
President of the Regional Council of Poitou-Charentes : 1988–2002 (Resignation). Re-elected in 1992, 1998.
Vice-President of the Regional Council of Poitou-Charentes : 2002–2004.
Regional councillor of Poitou-Charentes : 1986–2004. Reelected in 1992, 1998.
Deputy-mayor of Chasseneuil-du-Poitou : 1995–2001.
Municipal councillor of Chasseneuil-du-Poitou : 1995–2001.
Municipal councillor of Poitiers : 1977–1995. Re-elected in 1983, 1989.
Vice-President of the Union for a Popular Movement : Since 2007.
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