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Joanna Senyszyn

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Joanna Senyszyn
Senyszyn in 2019
Member of the Sejm
Assumed office
12 November 2019
In office
19 October 2001 – 10 June 2009
Member of the European Parliament
In office
1 July 2009 – 1 July 2014
Personal details
Joanna Raulin

(1949-02-01) 1 February 1949 (age 75)
Gdynia, Poland
Political partyPolish Socialist Party (2021-2023)

Democratic Left Alliance (1998–2021)

Polish United Workers' Party (1975–1990)
Other political
Democratic Left Association (2023-)
The Left (2019-2021)

Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (2009-2014)
Alma materUniversity of Gdańsk
ProfessionEconomist, lecturer

Joanna Senyszyn (Polish pronunciation: [jɔˈanːa sɛˈnɨʂɨn]; born 1 February 1949) is a Polish politician and professor of economics.

Senyszyn is member of the left-wing party Democratic Left Alliance (SLD), in which she was vice-president (2005–2008). From 2001 to 2009 she was a member of the Sejm until she was elected as a member of the European Parliament (2009–2014). Since 2019 she is again a member of the Sejm. She is known as a critic of Catholicism.

Educational career[edit]

Joanna Senyszyn holds the academic rank of Professor ordinarius and holds the chair in market research at the University of Gdańsk, where she also served as the Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration before being elected to the Sejm. [citation needed]

Political career[edit]

From 1975 and until 1990 when it was disbanded as a result of fall of communism in Poland , Senyszyn was a member of the Polish United Workers' Party (PZPR), the governing party in the People's Republic of Poland. However, in 1980 she joined the Solidarność opposition movement, of which she continued to be a member until 1995.

Later, she joined SLD and was a successful candidate in the 2001 parliamentary election from the Democratic Left Alliance-Labor Union (SLD-UP) list, becoming a member of the Sejm. She was also a candidate in the European Parliament election in 2004, but did not win a seat. In 2005, she won another Sejm term in the election (getting 11925 votes in district 26 Gdynia) and became a vice-president of her party. From 2009 to 2014 she was a member of the European Parliament.


Senyszyn's public appearances, both in the Sejm and on other occasions, are often marked by the use of provocative language and satire. She is credited with coining the term kaczyzm to describe her political opponents of the Law and Justice government. [citation needed]

She raised some controversy (and gained media attention) when she paraphrased the words of Pope John Paul II during the Parada Równości (Equality Parade), a demonstration promoting LGBT rights in Poland coupled with a gay pride parade. [citation needed]

Senyszyn frequently criticizes the Roman Catholic Church in Poland. On her internet blog, she called it "impudent, spiritless, rich, unpunished and brazen". In response, bishop Tadeusz Pieronek said that she should be pasturing cattle instead. [citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Senyszyn's husband, Bolesław Senyszyn, is a lawyer from Gdynia. [citation needed]

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