|Leader of the Czech Pirate Party|
|Assumed office |
2 April 2016
|Preceded by||Lukáš Černohorský|
7 October 2013 – 6 June 2014
|Succeeded by||Lukáš Černohorský|
24 October 2009 – 25 June 2013
|Preceded by||Kamil Horký|
|Member of the Chamber of Deputies|
|Assumed office |
21 October 2017
|Born||20 March 1980|
Jablonec nad Nisou, Czechoslovakia
(now the Czech Republic)
|Political party||Czech Pirate Party|
Lydie Franka Bartošová
|Alma mater||Charles University|
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Ivan Bartoš (born 20 March 1980) is a Czech software architect, civil rights activist, politician and a member of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic since October 2017. He has been the chairman of the Czech Pirate Party since 2016, previously holding the title between 2009 and 2014.
Bartoš was re-elected as a Deputy in the October 2021 Czech legislative election on a joint list of the Pirates and Mayors electoral alliance. Following the Pirates joining the governing coalition, he was nominated to serve as the Minister of Regional Development and Deputy Prime Minister for Digitalization in the Cabinet of Petr Fiala.
Ivan Bartoš was born on 20 March 1980 in Jablonec nad Nisou, an industrial town in northern Bohemia, then Czechoslovakia. 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.
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. Bartoš was the Pirates' leading candidate for the 2014 European Parliament election, but the party narrowly missed the 5% electoral threshold, receiving 4.78% of the vote. In June 2014, Bartoš resigned as party leader. 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. He served as the chairman of the Committee on Public Administration and Regional Development from November 2017 until November 2021.
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 the Pirate Party list and lead candidate Marcel Kolaja. The party gained 13.95% of the vote and entered the European Parliament with three MEPs.
In January 2020, Bartoš was re-elected as party leader. In December 2020, he became the lead candidate of the electoral coalition of the Pirate Party and Mayors and Independents (STAN) for the 2021 Czech legislative election and was re-elected. Subsequently, Bartoš was nominated to serve as the Minister of Regional Development and Deputy Prime Minister for Digitalization in the governing Cabinet of Petr Fiala.
Personal life and views
He is a member of the Czechoslovak Hussite Church, and has been married since 2015. He has supported anti-fascist events and is a pacifist. Bartoš participates in "do it yourself" culture, plays accordion, and played church organ during his youth.
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