|Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Hungary|
8 July 1998 – 15 February 2001
|Preceded by||Frigyes Nagy (Minister of Agriculture)|
|Succeeded by||Imre Boros|
16 November 1932 (age 82)|
Mátészalka, Kingdom of Hungary
József Torgyán (born 16 November 1932 in Mátészalka) is a Hungarian lawyer and politician, chairman of the Independent Smallholders' Party, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in the government of Viktor Orbán (1998-2001).
Between 1951-1955 he studied at the Faculty of Law of the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest (ELTE). He took part in the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. After graduation he worked as an attorney for political activity was repressed. In 1988 he was among the founders of the Independent Smallholders Party. In 1990 he received the first seat in the National Assembly (re-elected in 1994 and 1998).
After Fidesz had won the first round of the parliamentary elections in 1998, the Smallholders Party concluded an alliance with Fidesz, as a result of which center right parties obtained a majority in the National Assembly. The Smallholders Party, together with the Hungarian Democratic Forum (MDF) became part of the ruling coalition that was led by Fidesz. In this government Torgyán held the position of deputy prime minister and minister for agriculture. In 2000 he was one of the candidates for the office of President of Hungary. In the 2002 elections the party received no seats and found itself on the margins of politics. In 2006, Torgyán became chairman of the Hungarian Torgyán Renewal Movement.
He married to Mária Cseh in 1959, who was an actress in the National Theatre of Pécs. Their son, Attila is a lawyer.
- Antalltól Orbánig (2005) 
- Kereszténység az ezer vallás világában 2006
- Humor a házban (2007)
- Rövid életrajz
- Az 'Antalltól Orbánig' rövid bemutatása
- 1991: az FKGP társelnökévé választják Torgyán doktort, Index, 2008. április 26.
- Torgyán József interjú - Torgyán-Kisgazda-Koalíció, Magyarpartok, 2010. február 09.
|Leader of the Opposition
|Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development
|Party political offices|
Ferenc József Nagy
|Chairman of the Independent Smallholders' Party
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