|Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office|
6 June 2014
as Secretary of State
|Secretary of State of the Prime Minister’s Office|
2 June 2012 – 6 June 2014
|Preceded by||Mihály Varga|
|Mayor of Hódmezővásárhely|
20 October 2002 – 6 September 2012
|Preceded by||András Rapcsák|
|Succeeded by||István Almási|
|Member of the National Assembly|
15 May 2002
19 February 1975 |
|Political party||Fidesz (conservative)|
|Spouse(s)||Zita Lázárné Megyeri|
|Alma mater||József Attila University of Sciences|
János Lázár (born 19 February 1975) is a Hungarian politician, former leader of the Fidesz parliamentary group and current Minister of Prime Minister's Office. He also served as Mayor of Hódmezővásárhely from 2002 to 2012.
He started his career as a law apprentice at city council of Hódmezővásárhely at 1995. He was personal secretary at the Hungarian Parliament at 1999. He joined Fidesz in 2000. He became both a Parliament representative and mayor of Hódmezővásárhely at 2002, following the death of his mentor András Rapcsák. In 2002, he became a member of the Christian Democratic People's Party (KDNP) too.
Lázár was appointed Secretary of State of Prime Minister's Office on 2 June 2012, as a result he resigned from the office of mayor of Hódmezővásárhely. He was replaced by Antal Rogán as head of the Fidesz parliamentary group on that day. Lázár was elected one of the four vice-presidents of Fidesz in September 2013, replacing Mihály Varga. He held that party office until December 2015. Lázár was promoted to Minister of the Prime Minister's Office following the 2014 parliamentary election.
In March 2011 In the recording posted on the Internet, Lázár as mayor of Hódmezővásárhely could be heard telling the city council in 2008 that "those people who have nothing are worth just that". Addressing a press conference, Lázár said, '"I would like to apologise to Hungary for my ambiguous and misunderstood statement. I would like to apologise to all who feel hurt by that".
He said that his remark had not referred to the poor but to those who were unsuccessful in their profession but embarked on a political career merely with the purpose of making a livelihood and for financial gains. Lázár also said the remarks were parts of a longer speech and out of their original context. The three opposition parties slammed the senior Fidesz official for his remarks.
On 12 May 2014, a Hungarian news website "origo" published an article about his travels on the Hungarian government's budget, which led Lázár to pay back 2 million forints to the state budget. On 2 June, the lead editor of the website was fired, allegedly under pressure from Lázár, who denied being involved in the decision.
- "Biography of János Lázár". Prime Minister's Office. Retrieved 2014-06-06.
- "Fidesz-kongresszus - Varga Mihály lemondott az alelnökségről". Inforadio.hu. Retrieved 2013-09-28.
- "János Lázár interviewed: The Constitution is the problem". Népszabadság. Retrieved 2010-11-18.
- "Fidesz parliamentary leader apologises for "poverty remarks"". Politics.hu. Retrieved 2011-10-05.
- "Fellibben a fátyol Lázár János titkos küldetéseiről". origo.hu. Retrieved 2014-05-12.
- hvg.hu, 4 May 2007, Interview with Janos Lazar
- Fellibben a fátyol Lázár János titkos küldetéseiről, Origo, 2014. május 12.
|Mayor of Hódmezővásárhely
|Minister of Prime Minister's Office
|National Assembly of Hungary|
|Leader of the Fidesz parliamentary group