Ivan Bartoš

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Ivan Bartoš
Ivan Bartoš Praha.jpg
Bartoš in 2019
Chairman of the Czech Pirate Party
Assumed office
2 April 2016
In office
7 October 2013 – 6 June 2014
In office
24 October 2009 – 25 June 2013
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
Assumed office
21 October 2017
Chairman of the Committee on Public Administration and Regional Development
Assumed office
29 November 2017
Personal details
Born (1980-03-20) 20 March 1980 (age 40)
Jablonec nad Nisou, Czechoslovakia
(now Czech Republic)
NationalityCzech
Political partyCzech Pirate Party
Spouse(s)Lydie Franka Bartošová
(2015–present)
Alma materCharles University
Websitepirati.cz

Ivan Bartoš (born 20 March 1980) is a Czech software architect, activist, politician and a member of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic since October 2017. In 2009–2014 and since 2016, he is the chairman of the Czech Pirate Party, the third largest party in the Chamber of Deputies following the 2017 legislative election,[1] and serves as the chairman of the Committee on Public Administration and Regional Development since November 2017.[2]

Work and political activism[edit]

Ivan Bartoš was born on 20 March 1980, in Jablonec nad Nisou, a mountain resort town in Northern Bohemia, Czech Republic. He studied information studies and librarianship at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague and participated in a student exchange program at the University of New Orleans. Subsequently, Bartoš worked in the IT industry, and was elected chairman of the Pirate Party in October 2009.[3][4]

Bartoš at a press conference in July 2019 with fellow Pirate Deputies of the Parliament

Bartoš led the party into its first national elections in 2010, with the Pirates receiving 0.8% of the vote and therefore no representation in the Chamber of Deputies.[5]

Bartoš was the party's leading candidate again in legislative elections in 2013. The party won 2.66% of the vote, not reaching the 5% electoral threshold.[6] Bartoš was the Pirates' leading candidate for the 2014 European Parliament election, but the party just missed the 5% electoral threshold, receiving 4.78% of the vote.[7] In June 2014, Bartoš resigned as party leader.[8]

Bartoš was elected party chairman again in 2016 and led the Pirates into the 2017 legislative elections, taking 10.8% of the national vote to become the third largest party in the Chamber of Deputies, with 22 out of 200 seats.[1]

Bartoš was re-elected as party leader in 2018 and led the party's campaign for the 2018 local elections, where the leading Pirate candidate in Prague, Zdeněk Hřib, was elected Mayor of Prague. In 2019, Bartoš campaigned for the European Parliament election in support of Marcel Kolaja and other leading Pirate candidates. The party gained 13.95% of the vote and entered the European Parliament with three MEPs.[9]

In January 2020, Bartoš was re-elected as party leader.

Personal life and views[edit]

He is a member of the Czechoslovak Hussite Church,[10] and has been married since 2015. He has supported anti-fascist events[11] and is a pacifist.[12] Bartoš participates in "do it yourself" culture, plays accordion, and played church organ during his youth.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Czech election: Billionaire Babis wins by large margin. BBC News. Published on 22 October 2017.
  2. ^ PhDr. Ivan Bartos, Ph.D. psp.cz.
  3. ^ Pirate Party 24.-25. October 2009 meeting resolution
  4. ^ Předsedou Pirátské strany byl zvolen Ivan Bartoš (in Czech). 25 October 2009. Lidové noviny.
  5. ^ Elections to the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic held on 28 – 29 May 2010. Czech Statistical Office.
  6. ^ Výsledky voleb 2013 (in Czech). Aktuálně.cz. 19. 10. 2013 14:00.
  7. ^ Přehled výsledků: Nejvíc preferenčních hlasů dostal Jiří Pospíšil, druhý je Keller (in Czech). Hospodářské noviny. 2014-05-26.
  8. ^ Předseda České pirátské strany Bartoš rezignoval (in Czech). 6. 6. 2014. Aktuálně.cz. Economia.
  9. ^ Elections to the European Parliament held on the territory of the Czech Republic on 24 – 25 May 2019. Czech Statistical Office.
  10. ^ ""Cíl je změna. Prostředek je politika," říká šéf pirátů". denik.cz. 23 January 2017. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  11. ^ "Kompro na Bartoše? Ano, byl jsem na demonstracích. A nestydím se za to, vzkazuje šéf Pirátů". eurozpravy.cz. 17 October 2017. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  12. ^ Renáta Bohuslavová. Předseda Pirátů Bartoš: Nejsme vítači migrantů a jít do vlády se nebojíme (in Czech). novinky.cz. 10 October 2017.
  13. ^ „Cíl je změna. Prostředek je politika,“ říká šéf pirátů (in Czech). jablonecky.denik.cz. 23.1.2017.

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