Eero Heinäluoma

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Eero Heinäluoma
Plenum toppmotet. Nordiska Radet session i Helsingfors 29.10.2012 (1) (cropped).jpg
Speaker of the Parliament of Finland
Incumbent
Assumed office
23 June 2011
Preceded by Ben Zyskowicz
Deputy Prime Minister of Finland
In office
23 September 2005 – 19 April 2007
Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen
Preceded by Antti Kalliomäki
Succeeded by Jyrki Katainen
Leader of the Social Democratic Party
In office
10 June 2005 – 6 June 2008
Preceded by Paavo Lipponen
Succeeded by Jutta Urpilainen
Personal details
Born (1955-07-04) 4 July 1955 (age 59)
Kokkola, Finland
Political party Social Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Satu Siitonen-Heinäluoma
Website Official website

Eero Olavi Heinäluoma (born 4 July 1955 in Kokkola) is the current Speaker of the Parliament of Finland. A former chairman of the Finnish Social Democratic Party, he was replaced in the party's leadership by Jutta Urpilainen in June 2008.

Heinäluoma was elected Chairman in June 2005, succeeding former Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen. He was the Minister of Finance of Finland between 2005 and 2007.

Heinäluoma held various posts in the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK) from 1983 to 2003. He was a director in SAK from 2000 to 2003. Heinäluoma was appointed as party secretary in 2002 and in the 2003 Parliamentary election, he was elected as a Member of Parliament from the Electoral District of Uusimaa. Ever since he took up the post of Party secretary he had, according to many, been groomed as Lipponen's heir.

He won on the first ballot, getting 201 of 350 votes. His rivals were Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja, with 138 votes, and Minister of Education Tuula Haatainen, with 11 votes.

As party chairman, Heinäluoma ordered a reshuffle of SDP cabinet ministers and assumed the position of Minister of Finance on 23 September 2005. In 2007 elections, the party led by Heinäluoma suffered a significant loss, losing 15% of their seats in the parliament, and having the worst result since 1962. The loss led to the resignation of Heinäluoma as the party chairman.

Heinäluoma was elected as the chairman of the Social Democratic parliamentary group in February 2010 and served in that position until becoming Speaker in June 2011.[1]

Heinäluoma has studied political sciences, but has not finished his degree.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Edustajamatrikkeli". Eduskunta.  (Finnish)
  2. ^ "Henkilötiedot". Eero Heinäluoma. Archived from the original on April 11, 2009. Retrieved 2008-02-11.  (Finnish)

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ben Zyskowicz
Speaker of the Parliament of Finland
2011–
Succeeded by
Incumbent