Rasa Juknevičienė

Rasa Juknevičienė (born 26 January 1958) is a Lithuanian politician and paediatrician who has been serving as a Member of the European Parliament since 2019. She served as Minister of Defense of Lithuania since 2008 to 2012.[1] She is a member of center right Homeland Union.

Rasa Juknevičienė

Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
2 July 2019
President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly
In office
24 March 2018  19 November 2018
Preceded byPaolo Alli
Succeeded byMadeleine Moon
Vice President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly
In office
21 November 2016  24 March 2018
Minister of National Defence
In office
9 December 2008  13 December 2012
PresidentValdas Adamkus
Dalia Grybauskaitė
Prime MinisterAndrius Kubilius
Preceded byJuozas Olekas
Succeeded byJuozas Olekas
Deputy Speaker of the Seimas
In office
9 November 1999  18 October 2000
Member of the Seimas
In office
14 November 2016  1 July 2019
Succeeded byAistė Gedvilienė
In office
15 November 2004  14 November 2016
Preceded byHenrikas Žukauskas
Succeeded byPost abolished
Gabrielius Landsbergis (Centras-Žaliakalnis)
In office
19 October 2000  14 November 2004
In office
25 November 1996  18 October 2000
Preceded byFeliksas Kolosauskas
Succeeded byAntanas Baura
ConstituencyAnykščiai - Kupiškis
Personal details
Born (1958-01-26) 26 January 1958 (age 63)
Tiltagaliai, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
Political partyHomeland Union
Spouse(s)Rolandas Rastaustkas (divorced)
Zenonas Juknevičius

Early life and education

Juknevičienė is a graduate of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU) and worked as a doctor until 1992.

Political career

Career in national politics

With interruptions, Juknevičienė was a member of the Lithuanian Parliament (Seimas) from 1996 until 2019. During her time in parliament, she held positions as Deputy Chair of the Committee on National Security and Defense; and Head of the Seimas Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.[2]

Juknevičienė has been member of the Lithuanian delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly since 1999. She was rapporteur of the Sub-Committee on NATO Partnerships from 2007 to 2008. She served as the Assembly's Vice-President from 2016 until 2018, when she became President.

Member of the European Parliament, 2019–present

Since the 2019 European Parliament election, Juknevičienė has been serving on the Parliament's Committee on Development. In addition to her committee assignments, she is part of the MEPs Against Cancer group.[3]

Other activities


Preceded by
Henrikas Žukauskas
Member of the Seimas for Žaliakalnis
Succeeded by
Gabrielius Landsbergis (Centras-Žaliakalnis)