Algirdas Butkevičius

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Algirdas Butkevičius
Algirdas Butkevičius in Oct, 2014.jpg
12th Prime Minister of Lithuania
In office
13 December 2012 – 13 December 2016
PresidentDalia Grybauskaitė
Preceded byAndrius Kubilius
Succeeded bySaulius Skvernelis
Leader of the Social Democratic Party
In office
7 March 2009 – 22 April 2017
Preceded byGediminas Kirkilas
Succeeded byGintautas Paluckas
Minister of Finance
In office
3 May 2004 – 14 May 2005
Prime MinisterAlgirdas Brazauskas
Preceded byDalia Grybauskaitė
Succeeded byZigmantas Balčytis
Minister of Transport and Communications
In office
18 July 2006 – 9 December 2008
Prime MinisterGediminas Kirkilas
Preceded byPetras Čėsna
Succeeded byEligijus Masiulis
Personal details
Born (1958-11-19) 19 November 1958 (age 60)
Paežeriai, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
Political partyCommunist Party of the Soviet Union (1985-88)
Social Democratic Party (1992-2017)
Alma materVilnius Gediminas Technical University
Kazimieras Simonavičius University
Kaunas University of Technology

Algirdas Butkevičius (born 19 November 1958) is a former Prime Minister of Lithuania, serving between 2012 and 2016. He also served as the Minister of Finance from 2004 to 2005 and the Minister of Transport and Communications from 2006 to 2008. He has led the Social Democratic Party of Lithuania since 2009.

Political career[edit]

Butkevičius was born at Paežeriai village in Radviliškis district municipality. Since 1992 he is member of the Social Democratic Party of Lithuania (LSDP). He was Chairman of Vilkaviškis Department of the LSDP in 1995–1997, Deputy Chairman of the LSDP in 1999–2005 (re-elected in 2001), and Chairman of the LSDP since 2009.[1]

In 1996 and 2000, he was elected to the Seimas (parliament). From 2004 to 2005 he served as Minister of Finance and from 2006 to 2008 as Minister of Transport and Communications.[2]

Butkevičius was the LSDP candidate in the 2009 presidential election, placing second with 11.83% of the votes.[3] As of 2010, he is the chairman of the LSDP.[4]

During the 2012 parliamentary election, Butkevičius was among the few candidates who were elected in the first round of the popular vote.

On 22 November 2012 he was elected by the Seimas to be Prime Minister-designate. He was appointed as Prime Minister by presidential decree on 7 December 2012[1] and his cabinet was sworn on 13 December, following the approval of the governmental program by Parliament.[5]

Education and career timeline[edit]

  • 1977 graduation from Šeduva Secondary School, district of Radviliškis.
  • 1977-1979 Military service in Signals-Communications Troops of the Soviet Army, rank Junior Sergeant.
  • 1984 Diploma of Engineering Economist, Faculty of Economics, Vilnius Civil Engineering Institute (currently Vilnius Gediminas Technical University)
  • 1990–1991 Diploma of Technical Manager, Lithuanian Management Academy
  • 1995 Master's Degree in Management, Kaunas University of Technology
  • 1994 Traineeship, Management Academy in Würzburg, Germany. 1998, 1999, 2001 – traineeships in the United States of America and Denmark.
  • 2008 Doctor's Degree in Economics
  • 1982–1985 Industrial Association “Žemūktechnika”, Vilkaviškis district
  • 1985–1990 Architect, Executive Committee of Vilkaviškis district; Inspector, State Construction and Architecture Unit, Vilkaviškis district
  • 1991–1995 Deputy Governor, Vilkaviškis district
  • 1995–1996 Director of Market Research and Marketing, Joint Stock Company AB Vilkauta
  • 1996–2008 Member of the 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th Seimas, elected in Vilkaviškis electoral constituency No 68 as candidate of the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party. He has served in the following committees: Committee on Budget and Finance (Chairman in 2001–2004), Committee on European Affairs (2005–2006) and Committee on Economics (2006–2008)
  • 2004–2005 Minister of Finance, 12th and 13th Governments of the Republic of Lithuania
  • 2006–2008 Minister of Transport and Communications, 14th Government of the Republic of Lithuania
  • 1990–1997 and 2000–2002 Member of the Municipal Council of Vilkaviškis district
  • 1995–1997 Member of the Municipal Board of Vilkaviškis district
  • 7 December 2012 appointed Prime Minister by Presidential Decree

Personal life[edit]

In addition to his native Lithuanian, he speaks fluent Russian. His wife is Janina, and they have one daughter, Indrė.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Prime Minister biography at the government website (retrieved 13 December 2012)
  2. ^ "Algirdas Butkevicius". PES. Archived from the original on 7 September 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2010.
  3. ^ "The Central Electoral Commission of the Republic of Lithuania". The Central Electoral Commission of the Republic of Lithuania. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 3 July 2010.
  4. ^ "Lithuanians called to the polls to elect new president". Top News. Retrieved 4 July 2010.
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Political offices
Preceded by
Dalia Grybauskaitė
Minister of Finance
Succeeded by
Zigmantas Balčytis
Preceded by
Andrius Kubilius
Prime Minister of Lithuania
Succeeded by
Saulius Skvernelis
Party political offices
Preceded by
Gediminas Kirkilas
Leader of the Social Democratic Party
Succeeded by
Gintautas Paluckas
Preceded by
Česlovas Juršėnas
Social Democratic Party nominee for President of Lithuania
Succeeded by
Zigmantas Balčytis