Born on Oct. 2, 1947 in Burgas. Married, has three daughters.
Graduated in Law from Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski". Post-graduate studies at the University of Economics in Varna. Worked as legal advisor, chief legal advisor and deputy chief director in "Avtokombinat"-Burgas 1976-86. Director of "Avtoprevozi"-Burgas 1988-90. Director general of "Burgasbus" Co. 1990-95. Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Municipal People's Council in Burgas 1986-88.
Municipal councilor from BSP in Burgas 1991-94. Mayor of Burgas from BSP and coalition since Nov. 1995.