University of Barcelona. Laval University.
She holds a bachelor in Law from the University of Barcelona, and she conducted her postgraduate study at Osgoode Hall Law School (Toronto), the University of Kingston and Laval University in Quebec City. She worked as a lecturer of Constitutional Law at the University of Girona. Chacón was the first female Minister of Defence in Spain, which, together with the fact that she was seven months pregnant at the time, was considered a significant development by the press
Interior Minister Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba temporarily took over the defense portfolio when Chacón gave birth.
Shortly after she chose to live in the ministry, which has its own kindergarten, so as not to waste time traveling between her home and her workplace. In 2010, Chacón chaired the meetings of the European Union defence minister while Spain held the European Union"s six-month rotating presidency.
During this time, she led the negotiations with the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company about €3.5 billion ($47 billion) extra funding for the Airbus A400M Atlas military transport. After José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero announced he was not going to run in the 2012 elections, she was widely assumed to run for her party primaries to happen during autumn 2011.
However, after the failure of the Partido Socialista Obrero Español (Spanish Socialist Workers' Party) in 2011 local elections, she announced that she withdraw from the race.
With the landslide defeat of the Partido Socialista Obrero Español (Spanish Socialist Workers' Party) Zapatero Government in the November 2011 snap elections, Chacón ceded the Defence Minister"s post to Pedro Morenés in December 2011. She filed to be Partido Socialista Obrero Español (Spanish Socialist Workers' Party)"s General Secretary. On 4 February 2012 she lost to Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba 487 to 465 votes in the 38th congress of the party.
When Rubalcaba announced his resignation after his party’s dismal showing in the 2014 European elections, Chacón was widely seen as one of the frontrunners for his replacement.
In Catalan politics, Chacón is actively opposed to the independence of the region. European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), Member.
Chacón is a member of the Socialists" Party of Catalonia and Spanish Socialist Workers" Party.
She has been a Partido Socialista Obrero Español (Spanish Socialist Workers' Party) member of parliament for Barcelona since the 2000 election, the vice-president of the Spanish Congress of Deputies (Lower House) in José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero"s legislature and she was later named minister of Housing after María Antonia Trujillo before becoming Minister of Defence in April 2008.