Simonetta Sommaruga

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Simonetta Sommaruga
Simonetta Sommaruga 2011.jpg
Member of the Swiss Federal Council
Incumbent
Assumed office
1 November 2010
Preceded by Moritz Leuenberger
Vice President of Switzerland
Incumbent
Assumed office
1 January 2014
President Didier Burkhalter
Preceded by Didier Burkhalter
Head of the Department of Justice and Police
Incumbent
Assumed office
1 November 2010
Preceded by Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf
Personal details
Born (1960-05-14) 14 May 1960 (age 53)
Zug, Switzerland
Political party Social Democratic Party
Alma mater University of Fribourg

Simonetta Sommaruga (born 14 May 1960)[1] is a Swiss politician of the Social Democratic Party of Switzerland. She is a member of the Swiss Federal Council, the federal government of Switzerland, and head of the Federal Department of Justice and Police (the Swiss justice minister).[2]

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Born in Zug, Sommaruga grew up with two brothers and a sister in Sins, Aargau. She attended the gymnasium at Immensee, Schwyz and trained as a pianist at Lucerne, California and Rome. From 1988 to 1991, she attended English and Romance studies at the University of Fribourg.

Professional career[edit]

Sommaruga held the directorship of the Swiss Consumer Protection Foundation (Stiftung für Konsumentenschutz) from 1993 to 1999, which earned her public recognition in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. She has held the presidency of that foundation since 1999, and that of the aid organization Swissaid since 2003.

Political career[edit]

Sommaruga's political career began as a Social Democrat member of the Grand Council of Bern from 1981 to 1990. She served in the municipal government of Köniz from 1998 to 2005.[1] In 1999, she was elected to the National Council of Switzerland and in 2003 to the upper chamber, the Council of States, representing the Canton of Bern.

On 11 August 2010, she announced her candidacy to succeed Moritz Leuenberger in the 2010 Swiss Federal Council election.[3] She was elected on 22 September 2010.

She was elected as Vice President of the Confederation for 2014 alongside President Didier Burkhalter.

Personal life[edit]

Sommaruga is married to the writer Lukas Hartmann and lives in Spiegel near Bern.[1] She is a distant relative of Cornelio Sommaruga.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Moritz Leuenberger
Member of the Swiss Federal Council
2010–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf
Head of the Department of Justice and Police
2010–present
Preceded by
Didier Burkhalter
Vice President of Switzerland
2014–present