Pat the Cope's political career spans over 35 years and his dedication to local politics started in 1979 after he took a seat on Donegal County Council. He was later elected as Chairman of Donegal County Council for 1985/1986.
He entered into national politics when he was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 1981, serving until 1997. He returned to Dáil Éireann for a second time in 2002 until 2009.
During his time in the Dáil, he has held various portfolios as Minister of State including Marine, Gaeltacht, Environment, Health and Transport.
Pat the Cope was elected to the European Parliament in 1994 and was successfully re-elected in 1999 and 2009.
In the European Parliament, he served with distinction as a member of the Committee on Fisheries.
Pat the Cope’s Oireachtas Record can be viewed here
Pat the Cope’s European Parliament’s Record can be viewed here
European Parliament's Record