|Member of the House of Representatives of Bosnia and Herzegovina|
9 December 2014
|Croat member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina|
6 November 2006 – 17 November 2014
|Preceded by||Ivo Miro Jović|
|Succeeded by||Dragan Čović|
20 January 1964 |
|Political party||Social Democratic Party (1996–2012)
|Alma mater||Georgetown University
University of Sarajevo
Željko Komšić[pronunciation?] (born 20 January 1964) is a Bosnian politician who served as Croat Member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2006 to 2014. Komšić was a prominent figure of the Social Democratic Party of Bosnia and Herzegovina until he left it in July 2012, apparently because of the SDP's agreement with the Croatian Democratic Union of Bosnia and Herzegovina (HDZ) about the new majority in the Federal Parliament.
Although elected to the post of Croat member of the tri-partite presidency, Bosnian Croats considered him to be an illegitimate representative of their interests as he was elected mostly by Bosniak voters in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, a Bosniak-Croat political entity which forms about half of the country.
Personal life and education
Komšić was born to an ethnic Croat father, Marko, and Serb mother, Danica, who was killed by a sniper during the Siege of Sarajevo. His grandfather on mother's side, Marijan Stanić, was a Serb Chetnik during the World War II.
Komšić is a graduate of Georgetown University and has a law degree from University of Sarajevo. He is married to Sabina, an ethnic Bosniak, a civil engineer. The couple has a daughter named Lana.
During the Bosnian war, he served in the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina and received the Golden Lily — the highest military decoration awarded by the Bosnian-Herzegovinian government. 
After the war, Komšić embarked on a political career as a member of the Social Democratic Party of Bosnia and Herzegovina (SDP-BiH). He was a councilman of the municipality of Novo Sarajevo and in the city council of Sarajevo, before being elected the head of the municipal government of Novo Sarajevo in 2000. He then also served as the deputy mayor of Sarajevo for two years. When the "Alliance for Democratic Change" coalition came to power in 1998, Komšić was named the ambassador to the now defunct Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in Belgrade. He resigned this commission after the election in 2002 when SDP went back into opposition.
First term presidency
Komšić was SDP's candidate for the Croatian seat in the Presidency in the Bosnia and Herzegovina general election, 2006. He received 116,062 votes, or 39.6% ahead of Ivo Miro Jović (HDZ; 26.1%), Božo Ljubić (HDZ 1990; 18,2%), Mladen Ivanković-Lijanović (NSRB; 8,5%), Zvonko Jurišić (HSP; 6.9%) and Irena Javor-Korjenić (0,7%). He was sworn into office on 1 October 2006. His victory was widely attributed[by whom?][dubious ] to a split in the HDZ-BiH party, enabling the SDP to win a majority of the Bosniaks votes. Croats see him as an illegitimate representative of the Bosnian Croats because he was elected mostly by Bosniak voters.
In May 2008, the Bosniak Member of the State Presidency, Haris Silajdžić, stated during his visit to Washington D. C. that there is only one language in Bosnia and Herzegovina and that it goes by three names. His statement created negative reactions from Croat political parties and, at the time, Prime Minister of Republika Srpska, Milorad Dodik. Komšić replied to Silajdžić that he is not the one who will decide how many languages are being spoken in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Second term presidency
At the 2010 general election, Komšić won 337,065 votes, 60,6% of total. He was followed by Borjana Krišto (HDZ; 19,7%), Martin Raguž (HK; 10,8%), Jerko Ivanković-Lijanović (NSRB; 8,1%), Pero Galić (0,3%), Mile Kutle (0,2%) and Ferdo Galić (0,2%)
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