Riitta Uosukainen

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Riitta Uosukainen

Riitta Maria Uosukainen (née Vainikka; 18 June 1942, Jääski, Viipuri Province, Finland (now Svetogorsk, Leningrad Oblast, Russia)) is a Finnish politician and former Member of Parliament. She is one of the eight people to gain the highest honorary title, valtioneuvos, given by the President.

Uosukainen worked as editor of the Kustannus Oy Tammi publishing house 1965–1966, before beginning university studies. She graduated with a Licentiate in Philosophy in 1970. She also worked as a teacher from 1969, becoming a Senior Teacher in 1971. She continued her career in education by becoming a Lecturer in Finnish language didactics at the University of Joensuu in 1976. She also served as Regional Teacher Educator in Finnish from 1976 to 1983.[citation needed]

She began her political career in 1977 when she was elected to Imatra Town Council, retaining that post until 1992, before being elected to the Finnish Parliament in 1983 for the National Coalition Party. She remained as a member of parliament until 2003.[1]

Uosukainen was Minister of Education (1991–1994), National Coalition Party presidential candidate in 2000, and Speaker of the Finnish Parliament almost continuously from 1994 to 2003.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Edustajamatrikkeli". Eduskunta. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Ilkka Suominen
Speaker of the Parliament of Finland
1994
Succeeded by
Paavo Lipponen
Preceded by
Paavo Lipponen
Speaker of the Parliament of Finland
1995–1998
Succeeded by
Jukka Mikkola
Preceded by
Jukka Mikkola
Speaker of the Parliament of Finland
1999–2003
Succeeded by
Anneli Jäätteenmäki