Jadranka Kosor is the former and first female Prime Minister of Croatia, taking office on July 6, 2009 and serving until December 2011.
Kosor was born in and obtained a law degree from the University of Zagreb. Prior to her work in politics, she worked as a journalist for Večernji list, Radio Zagreb, and briefly for the BBC.
Prior to her tenure as Prime Minister, Kosor was elected to Parliament in 1995 and took an active role in her party, the Croatian Democratic Union. From 1999 to 2000, she was president of the HDZ/s Women Association 'Katarina Zrinski'.
In 2003, she became the Minister in the Croatian Department for Family, Veterans and Inter-generational Solidarity and took over as the head of the Croatian Democratic Union in 2009.
Kosor has published four books, two of poetry and two related to the Croatian War of Independence.