Ioannis Plakiotakis is a member of the Greek Parliament representing the Lasithi constituency. He served as the 9th President of New Democracy party.
He studied Biochemical Engineering and holds two postgraduate degrees. He speaks English and French.
In the municipal elections of 1998, Ioannis Plakiotakis was elected member of the local council of Sitia municipality with the independent list of John Apidianakis. He was first elected as MP in 2004 elections, and has been re-elected in the elections of 2007, 2009, May and June 2012 and January and September of 2015.
During Costas Karamanlis administration, he served as deputy minister of defence in charge of the army infrastructure project, meteorology and military sports (09/2007-10/2009). In 2009, he was appointed head of Maritime and Island Policy Committee for the political party of New Democracy. During Antonis Samaras administration, he served as deputy minister of labour, social security and welfare in charge of the management of the European Social Fund and the Community employment programs (06/2014-01/2015). In February 2015, he was unanimously elected secretary general of New Democracy’s parliamentary group. He was a member of the Standing Parliamentary Committee on Defense and member of the Parliamentary Committee on Production and Trade, Social Affairs and Equality, Youth and Human Rights.
During the period November 2015 to January 2016 he served as transitional president of New Democracy.
Since December 2016, he is a member of the evaluation committee of the candidates for the party lists and also head of Maritime and Island Policy Sector of New Democracy.