Takahiro Yokomichi

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Takahiro Yokomichi
横路 孝弘
73rd Speaker of the Japanese House of Representatives
In office
16 September 2009 – 16 November 2012
Monarch Akihito
Preceded by Yōhei Kōno
Succeeded by Bunmei Ibuki
Member of the House of Representatives
Incumbent
Assumed office
1996
Governor of Hokkaidō
In office
April 1983 – April 1995
Preceded by Naohiro Dōgakinai
Succeeded by Tatsuya Hori
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
1969–1983
Personal details
Born 7 June 1941
Sapporo
Political party Democratic Party of Japan
Website http://www.yokomichi.com/

Takahiro Yokomichi (横路 孝弘 Yokomichi Takahiro?, born January 3, 1941) is a Japanese politician who belongs to the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) and is a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature). A native of Sapporo, Hokkaidō and graduate of the University of Tokyo, he was elected to the first of his five terms in the House of Representatives in 1969 as a member of the Japan Socialist Party in the electoral district of his late father Setsuo. He left the House of Representatives and was elected to be the governor of Hokkaidō, serving for three terms from 1983 to 1995. After resigning as governor, he left the Socialist Party, joining the DPJ. In 1996 he was re-elected to the House of Representatives. He is the leader of the most left-leaning faction in the DPJ. After the victory of 2009 elections, then-DPJ President Yukio Hatoyama named him as the next house speaker of the House of Representatives.

In the 2012 general election Yokomichi lost his single-seat electorate but retained a seat in the diet through the proportional representation system.[1]

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House of Representatives of Japan
New district Representative for Hokkaidō 1st district (single-member)
1996–
Incumbent
Preceded by
vacancy created by Setsuo Yokomichi
Torazō Shimamoto
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Representative for Hokkaidō 1st district
1969–1983
Served alongside: Usaburō Chisaki III, Noboru Minowa, ....
Succeeded by
Nobutaka Machimura
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Preceded by
Yōhei Kōno
President of the House of Representatives
2009–2012
Succeeded by
Bunmei Ibuki
Preceded by
Kansei Nakano
Vice-President of the House of Representatives
2005–2009
Succeeded by
Seishirō Etō