Jānis Bordāns

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Jānis Bordāns
Janis Bordans cabinet formation 2019 (39882289713).jpg
Minister of Justice
Assumed office
23 January 2019
Prime MinisterArturs Krišjānis Kariņš
Preceded byDzintars Rasnačs
In office
5 July 2012 – 22 January 2014
Prime MinisterValdis Dombrovskis
Preceded byGaidis Bērziņš
Succeeded byBaiba Broka
Personal details
Born (1967-06-21) 21 June 1967 (age 52)
Balvi, Latvian SSR
Political partyNational Alliance (2012 – 1 November 2013)
New Conservative Party (2014 – present)
Spouse(s)Ingeborga Bordāne
Alma materUniversity of Latvia

Jānis Bordāns (born 21 June 1967) is a Latvian politician and lawyer, Minister of Justice of the Republic of Latvia from 2012 to 2014 and since January 2019.

Bordāns served as Minister of Justice in Valdis Dombrovskis' cabinet from July 2012 to January 2014, representing the National Alliance party.[1] He later left the National Alliance and founded the New Conservative Party in May 2014, which he has led since then.

On 7 November 2018, after the 6 October parliamentary election, Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis asked Bordāns to form a new coalition government and serve as the next Prime Minister of Latvia.[2] After one week of negotiations, he failed to reach an agreement with his potential coalition partners.[3] In January 2019, he took office for a second term as Minister of Justice in the centre-right coalition cabinet of Arturs Krišjānis Kariņš.


Bordāns graduated Riga Secondary School 39 in 1985. In 1992, he graduated from the University of Latvia and got a Master of Laws degree.


  1. ^ "Saeima tieslietu ministra amatā ievēl Jāni Bordānu" (in Latvian). Delfi.lv. Retrieved 5 July 2012.
  2. ^ "President Raimonds Vējonis on November 7 opted to nominate New Conservative Party leader Jānis Bordāns for the position of prime minister". lsm.lv. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Latvia to look for new PM candidate after cabinet talks fail". reuters.com. 14 November 2018. Retrieved 20 November 2018.

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