Hans Christian Schmidt

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Hans Christian Schmidt (born 25 August 1953) is a Danish politician and former Minister of Transport. A teacher by profession, he was the Danish Minister of Food from 2004 to 2007. Before that, he was the Minister for the Environment from 2001. He is a member of Venstre (the Danish Liberal Party), and has been a member of the Folketinget (parliament) since the Danish parliamentary elections of 1994.

Schmidt is the son of Holger and Ingrid Schmidt, who lived and worked on a farm. He was a school teacher in Vojens until 1984 before entering government. He is a longtime resident of the town of Vojens in Jutland (South Denmark).

Political offices
Preceded by
Svend Auken
Minister for the Environment
27 November 2001 – 2 August 2004
Succeeded by
Connie Hedegaard
Preceded by
Mariann Fischer Boel
Minister of Food
2 August 2004 – 12 September 2007
Succeeded by
Eva Kjer Hansen
Preceded by
Lars Barfoed
Minister of Transport
23 February 2010– 3 October 2011
Succeeded by
Henrik Dam Kristensen