He had previously been nominated for this position by the National Standing Bureau.
Liviu Nicolae Dragnea was born on October 28, 1962, in the village of Gratia, Teleorman County (southern Romania).
He worked as an auto engineer, head of the mechanical workshop at the IUGTC in Craiova (southern Romania) between 1987 and 1990. He was the manager of a private company over 1990-1996.
He was a local counsellor in the city of Turnu Magurele between June 2 and December 23, 1996.
He enrolled with PSD after the elections in 2000, becoming president of the Union of County Councils in Romania, and after the elections in 2004 he went on holding his position as chairman of the County Council. He was re-elected chairman of the Teleorman County Council during the local elections in June 2008.
Founder member of the Teleorman Employers' Association.
He speaks fluent English and French.