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First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada

Iryna Herashchenko is a politician and journalist of Ukraine. She is a Merited Journalist of Ukraine (2000). Mrs. Herashchenko is the current First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada and she is also serving as President's Humanitarian Envoy at the Minsk peace talks regarding the War in Donbas.

Mrs. Herashchenko graduated from the Kiev national university named by Taras Shevchenko,  Department of Journalism in 1993. She is married and has two daughters and a son.

Mrs. Herashchenko worked as a journalist for TV-channel Inter and then as a presidential press secretary in 2005-06 for Viktor Yushchenko. In 2006-07, she was a president of the Information Agency UNIAN. In November 2007, Mrs. Herashchenko entered parliament for the first time as a member of the Our Ukraine-People's Self-Defense Bloc. For the 2012 Ukrainian parliamentary elections, she joined the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform of Vitali Klitschko.

In June 2014, during the war in Donbass, Iryna Herashchenko was appointed President Petro Poroshenko's envoy for his Peace plan for Eastern Ukraine. In the 2014 Ukrainian parliamentary election, she was re-elected into parliament after being in the top 10 of the electoral list of Petro Poroshenko Bloc. There she became Chairman of the Committee of the Verkhovna Rada on issues of European integration.

On 14 April 2014 Iryna Herashchenko was elected First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada.