|12th Prime Minister of Lithuania|
13 December 2012
|Preceded by||Andrius Kubilius|
|Leader of the Social Democratic Party|
7 March 2009
|Preceded by||Gediminas Kirkilas|
|Minister of Finance|
1 May 2004 – 14 May 2005
|Prime Minister||Algirdas Brazauskas|
|Preceded by||Dalia Grybauskaitė|
|Succeeded by||Zigmantas Balčytis|
19 November 1958 |
Paežeriai, Soviet Union
|Political party||Social Democratic Party|
Algirdas Butkevičius (born 19 November 1958) has been Prime Minister of Lithuania since December 2012. He was Minister of Finance from 2004 to 2005 and Minister of Transport and Communications from 2006 to 2008. He has led the Social Democratic Party of Lithuania since 2009.
Butkevičius was born at Paežeriai village in Radviliškis district municipality. Since 1992 he is member of the Social Democratic Party of Lithuania (SDPL). He was Chairman of Vilkaviškis Department of the SDPL in 1995–1997, Deputy Chairman of the SDPL in 1999–2005 (re-elected in 2001), and Chairman of the SDPL since 2009.
During the 2012 parliamentary election, Butkevičius was among the few candidates who were elected in the first round of the popular vote.
On 22 November 2012 he was elected by the Seimas to be Prime Minister-designate. He was appointed as Prime Minister by presidential decree on 7 December 2012 and his cabinet was sworn on 13 December, following the approval of the governmental program by Parliament.
Education and career timeline
- 1977 graduation from Šeduva Secondary School, district of Radviliškis.
- 1984 Diploma of Engineering Economist, Faculty of Economics, Vilnius Engineering Construction Institute (currently Vilnius Gediminas Technical University)
- 1990–1991 Diploma of Technical Manager, Lithuanian Management Academy
- 1995 Master's Degree in Management, Kaunas University of Technology
- 1994 Traineeship, Management Academy in Würzburg, Germany. 1998, 1999, 2001 – traineeships in the United States of America and Denmark.
- 2008 Doctor's Degree in Economics
- 1982–1985 Industrial Association “Žemūktechnika”, Vilkaviškis district
- 1985–1990 Architect, Executive Committee of Vilkaviškis district; Inspector, State Construction and Architecture Unit, Vilkaviškis district
- 1991–1995 Deputy Governor, Vilkaviškis district
- 1995–1996 Director of Market Research and Marketing, Joint Stock Company AB Vilkauta
- 1996–2008 Member of the 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th Seimas, elected in Vilkaviškis electoral constituency No 68 as candidate of the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party. He has served in the following committees: Committee on Budget and Finance (Chairman in 2001–2004), Committee on European Affairs (2005–2006) and Committee on Economics (2006–2008)
- 2004–2005 Minister of Finance, 12th and 13th Governments of the Republic of Lithuania
- 2006–2008 Minister of Transport and Communications, 14th Government of the Republic of Lithuania
- 1990–1997 and 2000–2002 Member of the Municipal Council of Vilkaviškis district
- 1995–1997 Member of the Municipal Board of Vilkaviškis district
- 7 December 2012 appointed Prime Minister by Presidential Decree
In addition to his native Lithuanian, he speaks Russian and English. His wife is Janina, and they have one daughter, Indrė.
- Prime Minister biography at the government website (retrieved 13 December 2012)
- "Algirdas Butkevicius". PES. Retrieved 4 July 2010.
- "The Central Electoral Commission of the Republic of Lithuania". The Central Electoral Commission of the Republic of Lithuania. Retrieved 3 July 2010.
- "Lithuanians called to the polls to elect new president". Top News. Retrieved 4 July 2010.
|Minister of Finance
|Prime Minister of Lithuania
|Party political offices|
|Leader of the Social Democratic Party
|Social Democratic Party nominee for President of Lithuania