János Lázár

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János Lázár
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Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office
Assumed office
6 June 2014
Preceded by himself
as Secretary of State
Secretary of State of the Prime Minister’s Office
In office
2 June 2012 – 6 June 2014
Preceded by Mihály Varga
Succeeded by himself
as Minister
Mayor of Hódmezővásárhely
In office
20 October 2002 – 6 September 2012
Preceded by András Rapcsák
Succeeded by István Almási
Member of the National Assembly
Assumed office
15 May 2002
Personal details
Born (1975-02-19) 19 February 1975 (age 41)
Hódmezővásárhely, Hungary
Political party Fidesz (conservative)
Spouse(s) Zita Lázárné Megyeri
Children János Boldizsár
Zsigmond Bertalan
Alma mater József Attila University of Sciences
The native form of this personal name is Lázár János. This article uses the Western name order when mentioning individuals.

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.[1] In 2002, he became a member of the Christian Democratic People's Party (KDNP) too.

He became leader of the Fidesz parliamentary group after the 2010 election, succeeding Tibor Navracsics in this position.

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.[2] Lázár was promoted to Minister of the Prime Minister's Office following the 2014 parliamentary election.


On 18 November 2010 János Lázár criticized strongly the former President of the Constitutional Court of Hungary, László Sólyom in an interview published in Népszabadság[3]

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.[4]

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.[5]


  1. ^ "Biography of János Lázár". Prime Minister's Office. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  2. ^ "Fidesz-kongresszus - Varga Mihály lemondott az alelnökségről". Inforadio.hu. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 
  3. ^ "János Lázár interviewed: The Constitution is the problem". Népszabadság. Retrieved 2010-11-18. 
  4. ^ "Fidesz parliamentary leader apologises for "poverty remarks"". Politics.hu. Retrieved 2011-10-05. 
  5. ^ "Fellibben a fátyol Lázár János titkos küldetéseiről". origo.hu. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
András Rapcsák
Mayor of Hódmezővásárhely
Succeeded by
István Almási
Preceded by
Mihály Varga
Minister of Prime Minister's Office
Succeeded by
National Assembly of Hungary
Preceded by
Tibor Navracsics
Leader of the Fidesz parliamentary group
Succeeded by
Antal Rogán