|Minister of the Interior|
20 March 2013
|Preceded by||Vinko Gorenak|
|President of the National Assembly of Slovenia|
21 December 2011 – 28 January 2013
|Preceded by||Ljubo Germič|
|Succeeded by||Jakob Presečnik (acting)|
4 December 1969 |
|Political party||Civic List|
|Alma mater||University of Ljubljana|
|Profession||Lawyer, public servant, politician|
Gregor Virant (born 4 December 1969) is a Slovenian politician and public servant, currently serving as Minister of the Interior and Public Administration in the government of Alenka Bratušek. Between 2004-2008, he served as Minister of Public Administration in Janez Janša's first government, and between 2011–2013 he was President of the National Assembly of Slovenia.
Virant was born in Ljubljana. He studied law at the University of Ljubljana and at Glasgow Caledonian University. Between 1995 and 1999, he worked as a legal adviser to the Constitutional Court of Slovenia. He resides in Domžale.
Public servant career
In 2000, he was appointed secretary-general at the Ministry of Interior (led by Peter Jambrek) in the short lived centre-right government of Andrej Bajuk. He also remained in office during the centre-left governments of Janez Drnovšek and Anton Rop. During that period, he was one of the authors of the reform of public administration, introducing professionalism in public servant posts.
Virant resigned from office shortly before the 2004 parliamentary elections, in which he ran as a candidate for the Slovenian National Assembly on the list of the Slovenian Democratic Party. However, he never joined the party.
After the electoral victory of the Slovenian Democratic Party in 2004, Virant became the head of the newly created Ministry of Public Administration in the first government led by Janez Janša. He launched a thorough reform of the public service in Slovenia, which included modernization and economizing of the service. In the last years of Janša's government, Virant frequently ranked as the most popular minister and one of the most popular politicians in Slovenia.
After the 2008 parliamentary elections, in which the Slovenian Democratic Party lost to the left-wing coalition headed by the Social Democrat leader Borut Pahor, Virant was replaced as minister by Irma Pavlinič Krebs of the Zares party.
In December 2008, Virant was elected chairman of the Rally for the Republic (Slovene: Zbor za republiko), a civic platform founded in 2004 to promote classical liberal, patriotic, republican, and liberal-conservative values in Slovenian public life. Between 2009 and 2011, he was also member of the Council of Experts of the Slovenian Democratic Party, the main opposition party's shadow government.
In October 2011, he announced he would run for parliament in the 2011 parliamentary election on an independent ticket. According to an opinion poll released soon after the announcement, Virant was seen as the most appropriate choice for prime minister by the plurality of voters.  On 21 October, the Gregor Virant's Civic List was officially chartered as a political party.
On 4 December, Virant was elected to the Slovenian National Assembly as the leader of the Gregor Virant's Civic List. On 21 December, with the votes of his list, the Slovenian Democratic Party, the Slovenian People's Party, New Slovenia and the Democratic Party of Pensioners of Slovenia, he became the President of the Assembly, thus defeating the candidate of Positive Slovenia party, Maša Kociper. He succeeded Ljubo Germič. On 24 April, he was reelected as the president of the party.
Virant is married. He is the son-in-law of the politician Miha Brejc. His cousin, Mija Janković, is married to Zoran Janković, the mayor of Ljubljana and a former president of the Positive Slovenia party.
- "Virant predsednik DZ-ja, Novakova in Presečnik podpredsednika" [Virant the President of the NA, Novak and Presečnik the Vicepresidents] (in Slovene). MMC RTV Slovenia. 21 November 2011.
- "One down, how many to go?". Slovenian Times. 6 April 2012.
|New title||Minister for Public Administration
November 2004 – November 2008
Irma Pavlinič Krebs
|President of the National Assembly of Slovenia
2011 – 2013