He graduated in Law from the University of Lisbon in 1980. Later, in 1986, he completed a postgraduate degree in European Studies from the University of Coimbra. He has worked as a lawyer since 1982. He was a civil servant in the staff of the Autonomous Regional Administration of Madeira from 1981 to 1984, Regional Director of planning for the Regional Government of Madeira between 1988 and 1989, where he also managed several companies in the region, related to the shipping sector, harbors and freight operations between 1989 and 1999.
His political career includes, among others, the positions of Vice-President of JSD-Madeira (1984â€“86), PSD-Madeira Party's Youth, Member of the Legislative Assembly of Madeira (1984â€“1999) and Member of the European Parliament (1999â€“2009). In the European Parliament, he was a member of the Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrat) and European Democrats, of the Committee on Regional Development, alternate member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, Vice-President of the Delegation for relations with South Africa, Coordinator of the Informal Group on the Outermost Regions and alternate member of the delegation for relations with the Andean Community. He announced his candidacy for the presidency of PSD-Madeira on October 30, 2013, having lost. As a motto he proposed a 'Trust Pact' based on the reform of the political system, one of the five pillars of his electoral program. Among its most emblematic proposals are the preferential vote, the referendum to revoke political office, the opening of party elections for supporters and the re-establishment of the maritime connection between Madeira and mainland Portugal. On April 20, 2015, he was a member of the 12th Regional Government of Madeira, chaired by Miguel Albuquerque, his opponent in the PSD-Madeira caucus serving as Regional Secretary for Parliamentary and European Affairs.