Councilor for Basque language, Culture and Sports and Spokeperson for Bizkaia Provincial Council.
Lorea Ibarra is a teacher, with a degree in Basque Philology and also in Sociocultural Anthropology. She has completed postgraduate courses in Basque Culture and a “Master's degree in innovation and development of skills in Higher Education”.
She has been a Basque language teacher at the Labayru Institute and is currently on leave from the Begoñako Andra Mari University School for Teaching.
During her professional career she has been the director of Basque Language Promotion of the Basque Government (2000-2005), Cultural Advisor of the Basque Government for Language Policy issues (2005-2009), representative at the Bizkaia General Assembly (2011-2015) and a member of the executive committee of the Basque Nationalist Party (PNV) responsible for Basque language, education, culture and sports.
Since 2015 she is the Provincial minister for Basque language, culture and sports in Bizkaia.