József Torgyán

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József Torgyán
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Hungary
In office
8 July 1998 – 15 February 2001
Preceded by Frigyes Nagy (Minister of Agriculture)
Succeeded by Imre Boros
Personal details
Born (1932-11-16)16 November 1932 (age 82)
HUN Mátészalka COA.jpg Mátészalka, Kingdom of Hungary
Political party FKGP
Profession lawyer, politician
The native form of this personal name is Torgyán József. This article uses the Western name order.

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) [1]
  • Kereszténység az ezer vallás világában 2006
  • Humor a házban (2007)

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Political offices
Preceded by
Lajos Für
Leader of the Opposition
Succeeded by
Viktor Orbán
Preceded by
Frigyes Nagy
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development
Succeeded by
Imre Boros
Party political offices
Preceded by
Ferenc József Nagy
Chairman of the Independent Smallholders' Party
Succeeded by
Miklós Réti