The Chairperson of the Council of the Federation appoints from within the members of the Council of the Federation authorized representatives of the Council of the Federation to the State Duma, to the Government of the Russian Federation, to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, to the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, to the Higher Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation, to the Accounting Chamber of the Russian Federation, to the Procurator's Office of the Russian Federation, to the Central Election Committee of the Russian Federation, to the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation, to the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation, to the Inter-parliamentary Assembly of the Commonwealth of Independent States Member-states and the authorized representative of the Council of the Federation for interaction with the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Russian Federation.

Valentina Ivanovna Matvienko

Brief Curriculum Vitae

Valentina Ivanovna Matvienko was born in April 1949.

In 1972 she graduated from the Leningrad Institute of Chemistry and Pharmaceutics, in 1985 – from the Academy of Social Sciences of the CPSU Central Committee, in 1991 – from the Senior Diplomatic Staff Course at the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR.

Since her graduation in 1972 Valentina Matvienko has engaged in social and political activities.

In 1984 – 1986 she was First Secretary of the Krasnogvardeisky District Committee of the CPSU in the city of Leningrad and in 1986 – 1989 Deputy Chairperson of the Executive Committee of the Leningrad City Council.
In 1989 she was elected People's Deputy of the USSR. Being one of the youngest woman deputies she headed the USSR Supreme Soviet Committee on Women, Families, Maternity and Childhood. 

In 1991 Valentina Matvienko joined the diplomatic service and served as diplomat till 1998. She has a diplomatic rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. She served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the USSR and the Russian Federation to the Republic of Malta (1991–1994), Director of the Department for Liaisons with the Constituent Entities of the Federation, the Parliament, Public and Political Associations, member of the Collegium of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1995–1997), Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to Greece (1997–1998). 

In 1998–2003 Valentina Matvienko demonstrated high professionalism, well-informedness, outstanding competency and organizational skills as Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation. 

In 2003 Valentina Matvienko was appointed Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Northwestern Federal District. Later in 2003 she was elected Governor of the city of St. Petersburg, the “Northern Capital” of Russia (2003–2011). 

On 31 August 2011 Valentina Matvienko was appointed member of the Council of the Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation representing the executive body of St. Petersburg. 

On 21 September 2011 Valentina Matvienko was unanimously elected Chairperson of the Council of the Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation and in 2014 she was re-elected to this high position. 

Since September 2011 Valentina Matvienko is a permanent member of the Security Council of the Russian Federation. 

In November 2011 she was elected Chairperson of the Council of the Interparliamentary Assembly of the Member Nations of the Commonwealth of Independent States. 

State awards: the Order Badge of Honour (1976); the Order of Red Banner of Labour (1981); the Order of Honour (1996); the Order of Merit for the Motherland, III Degree (1999); the Order of Merit for the Motherland, IV Degree (2003); the Order of Merit for the Motherland, II Degree (2009); the Order of Merit for the Motherland, I Degree (2014). 

Foreign state awards: the Grand Decoration of Honour with Sash for Services to the Republic of Austria (2001), the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour of the French Republic (2007), the Grand Cross of the Order of Honour of the Hellenic Republic (2007), the Grand Cross of the Order of the Lion of Finland (2009), the Order of Friendship of Peoples of the Republic of Belarus (2009), the National Order of Merit of the Republic of Malta, II Degree (2013). 

Decorated with many medals. 

Married. Has a son and a granddaughter. 

Leisure activities: literature, theatre, painting, music, sports (tennis, alpine skiing).