Arturs Krišjānis Kariņš

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Arturs Krišjānis Kariņš
Krišjānis Kariņš 2019 (cropped)2.jpg
14th Prime Minister of Latvia
Assumed office
23 January 2019
PresidentRaimonds Vējonis
Preceded byMāris Kučinskis
Member of the European Parliament for Latvia
In office
14 July 2009 – 23 January 2019
Minister for Economics of Latvia
In office
2 December 2004 – 7 April 2006
Prime MinisterAigars Kalvītis
Preceded byJuris Lujāns
Succeeded byAigars Štokenbergs
Personal details
Born (1964-12-13) 13 December 1964 (age 54)
Wilmington, Delaware, United States
Political partyNew Era Party (2002–2011)
Unity (2011–present)
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania

Arturs Krišjānis Kariņš (born December 13, 1964) is a Latvian politician[1], current Prime Minister of Latvia and former Member of the European Parliament.

Kariņš was born in Wilmington, Delaware, United States to a Latvian American family. In 1996, he finished a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania. Soon after, he moved to Latvia, where he founded a company Lāču ledus, a producer and distributor of ice and frozen foods.

He was one of the founders of the New Era Party in 2002 and was elected to the Saeima in October of that year. Kariņš served as the chairman of the parliamentary faction of New Era from 2002 to 2004 and the Minister for Economics in the First Kalvītis cabinet from December 2004 to April 2006. In March 2007, he became one of two co-leaders of New Era (together with Einars Repše).

In July 2009 he became a MEP. He was a Member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, substitute in the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and was a substitute in the Special Committee on Tax Rulings and Other Measures Similar in Nature or Effect. In the Parliament he was part of the European People's Party which is the biggest political grouping the parliament. He was also a member of the Reconciliation of European Histories Group.[2] His New Era Party merged into the centre-right Unity party in August 2011. Kariņš was re-elected at the 2014 European Parliament election.

He was Unity's candidate for the Latvian premiership at the 2018 election. On 7 January 2019, he was tasked by the Latvian president with forming the next government.[3] He took office as prime minister on 23 January 2019, leading a centre-right coalition of five conservative and liberal parties (KPV LV, JKP, AP, NA and Unity).


  1. ^ "MEP profile: Arturs Krišjānis KARIŅŠ". European Parliament. Retrieved 2010-04-05.
  2. ^ "About Us – Reconciliation of European Histories Group". Reconciliation of European Histories Group. Retrieved 1 August 2011.
  3. ^ President tasks Karins with forming government
Political offices
Preceded by
Māris Kučinskis
Prime Minister of Latvia