Irman Gusman

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Irman Gusman
2nd Speaker of the Regional Representative Council
In office
1 October 2009 – 5 October 2016
Preceded byGinandjar Kartasasmita
Succeeded byOesman Sapta Odang
Personal details
Born (1962-02-11) 11 February 1962 (age 57)
Padang Panjang, West Sumatra, Indonesia
Spouse(s)Liestyana Rizal Gusman
  • Irviandari Alestya Gusman
  • Irviandra Fathan Gusman
  • Irvianjani Audria Gusman
Alma mater
ProfessionStatesman, businessman

Irman Gusman (born 11 February 1962) is an Indonesian politician and businessman. He is a former [1] speaker of the Regional Representative Council (DPD) of Indonesia,[2] who became the first Indonesian parliamentary leader to be elected for two consecutive terms. This earned him the nickname Pejuang daerah (lit. "Regional warrior", with "regional" as in the Regional Representative Council).

Early life[edit]

Irman Gusman was born in Padang Panjang, West Sumatra[3] on 11 February 1962 to Gusman Gaus and Janimar Kamili. His father was rector of the Muhammadiyah University of West Sumatra, while his mother was the daughter of gold traders.

Gusman completed his undergraduate education at the Faculty of Economics of the Christian University of Indonesia (UKI), where he was chairman of the Student Senate. He subsequently obtained a Master of Business Administration at the Graduate School of Business of the University of Bridgeport. Upon his return from the United States, Irman Gusman became more active in economic and social fields.

Political career[edit]

Irman Gusman is one of the leading figures of the post-Suharto era. He fought for the need of recognition and accommodation of regional interests at the various state institutions. His policy is based on Indonesia being a multicultural nation. For Irman Gusman, the political system and government should reflect this.

Together with Ginandjar Kartasasmita and associates, Irman Gusman made an important contribution to the establishment of the Regional Representative Council or Senate, a new checks and balances system within the national government system.

Irman Gusman began his political career in 1999 as member of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR), representing West Sumatra. In 2004, he was elected member of the newly formed DPD, representing West Sumatra and became vice-chairman of the DPD under chairman Ginandjar Kartasasmita.[4] Gusman was elected chairman of the DPD on 2 October 2009, having received 81 votes over his opponent Laode Ida's 46 votes. He began his second term on 2 October 2014, after winning from Farouk Muhammad with 66 against 53 votes.

Because he is not a member of a political party and due to his determination to embrace all social classes for the advancement of Indonesia, Irman Gusman was regarded more as a national leader or a statesman, rather than a politician. This distinguished him from many other politicians in the post-Suharto era.

On 5 October 2016 Gusman was officially discharged from his role as speaker following his earlier arrest for corruption[5]

Business career[edit]

Positions held:

  • Expert Council passionate Minang (1999-2003)
  • General Treasurer ICMI (2000-2005)
  • Regional Chairman of the Economic Advisory Council Muhammadiyah West Sumatra Province (2000-2005)
  • Vice Chairman of the Board of ICMI (2005-2010)
  • Trustees of Andalas University in Padang
  • Trustees of West Sumatra Muhammadiyah University in Padang
  • Honorary Council ESQ
  • Commissioner of PT Padang Industrial Park (PIP)
  • Main Commissioner of PT Khage Lestari Timber
  • Main Commissioner of PT Sumatera Korea Motor
  • Commissioner of PT Abdi Bangsa, Tbk
  • Independent Commissioner of Media Nusantara Citra, Tbk
  • President Director of PT Prinavin Prakarsa
  • Main Commissioner of PT Guthri Pasaman Nusantara
  • Main Commissioner of PT Kopitime DotCom, Tbk

Personal life[edit]

Irma married Liestyana Rizal Gusman from Sungai Batang, Maninjau. They have two daughters (Irviandari Alestya Gusman and Irvianjani Audria Gusman) and a son (Irviandra Fathan Gusman).

Titles and honours[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Irman Gusman Lashes Out at DPD After Being Dumped From Speaker Role". The Jakarta Globe. Jakarta. 6 October 2016.
  2. ^ "DPD Speaker Irman Gusman Attends Mikta Meeting in S. Korea" in Jakarta Globe
  3. ^ |title=Irman Gusman: CHANGE Now or Never |author=Ridwan Max Sijabat |newspaper=The Jakarta Post |place=Jakarta |date=22 March 2012
  4. ^ Irman Gusman Biography at Ensiklopedi Tokoh Indonesia
  5. ^ "DPD Officially Discharges Speaker Irman Gusman | Jakarta Globe". Jakarta Globe. Retrieved 2016-10-06.
  6. ^ "Honorary British Awards to Foreign Nationals – 2012" (PDF).

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