İsmet Yılmaz (born December 10, 1961) is a Turkish politician. Previously he was Minister of National Defence and Minister of National Education. Also briefly served as the Speaker of the Grand National Assembly. Prior to entering politics, he worked as a law consultant and mechanical engineer.
Early life and education
İsmet Yılmaz was born in Gürün, Sivas Province. Following his primary education in his hometown, he enrolled in Haydarpaşa High School in Istanbul. Then, he studied mechanical engineering at the School of Maritime in Istanbul Technical University, graduating in 1982 with a bachelor's degree. Yılmaz attended then Istanbul University's Faculty of Law for education in maritime law and finished in 1987. He continued his further studies in "technical management in maritime" at the World Maritime University in Malmö, Sweden earning a master's degree. He received another master's degree in law from the Institute of Social Sciences in Marmara University, Istanbul. Finally, İsmet Yılmaz received a Doctor of Law degree from the Institute of Social Sciences at Ankara University.
After serving twenty years as an engineer and a law consultant, he became Undersecretary of Maritime Affairs at the Ministry of Transport and Communication on December 31, 2002. In accordance with Article 114 of the Constitution of Turkey, he was appointed neutral Minister of Transport and Communication on May 8, 2007 as placeholder for Binali Yıldırım until the 2007 general elections. Yılmaz was appointed Undersecretary at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism on November 1, 2007.
He entered politics as a member of the AK Party and became deputy for Sivas Province following the 2011 general elections. On July 6, 2011, Yılmaz was appointed Minister of National Defence in the Cabinet Erdoğan III.
Speaker of Parliament
Yılmaz was put forward as the AKP's candidate for Speaker of the Grand National Assembly for the June–July 2015 speaker elections. Since the AKP did not have a majority (276 seats) in Parliament, the election went into a fourth and final round where Yılmaz managed to win a simple majority of the vote on 1 July 2015. He was thus elected as the Speaker with 258 votes (exactly the same number of votes as AKP MPs) to rival Deniz Baykal's 182 votes.
İsmet Yılmaz is married and has three children.
- "Özgeçmiş" (in Turkish). İsmet Yılmaz. Retrieved 2011-10-19.
- "Yılmaz: Kişi başına hız 400 kilometreye yükseldi". Hürriyet. 2007-05-23. Retrieved 2010-11-28.
Ulaştırma Bakanı İsmet Yılmaz [Transport minister İsmet Yılmaz]
- "İşte yeni kabine - Mynet Haber" (in Turkish). Retrieved 2013-07-15.
- Media related to İsmet Yılmaz at Wikimedia Commons
| Minister of Transport and Communication
May 8, 2007 – August 29, 2007
| Minister of National Defence
July 7, 2011 – July 1, 2015
| Speaker of the Parliament of Turkey
July 1, 2015 – November 2015
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