Schlumpf was born in Felsberg. He was elected to the Federal Council on December 5, 1979 as a member of the Swiss People's Party (SVP) from the Canton of Graubünden (Grisons). He subsequently handed over office on December 31, 1987.
During his time in office, he held the Federal Department of Transport, Communications and Energy and was President of the Confederation in 1984.
Schlumpf died in Chur, aged 87. He was the father of Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf, member of the cantonal government of Graubünden (Grisons), who was herself elected to the Federal Council on December 12, 2007.
- "Décès de l'ancien conseiller fédéral Leon Schlumpf - rts.ch - info - suisse". rts.ch. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2012-07-08.
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