Karin Keller-Sutter

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Karin Keller-Sutter
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Head of the Department of Justice and Police
Assumed office
1 January 2019
Preceded bySimonetta Sommaruga
Member of the Swiss Federal Council
Assumed office
1 January 2019
Preceded byJohann Schneider-Ammann
Member of the Council of States
In office
5 December 2011 – 31 December 2018
Succeeded byBenedikt Würth
Personal details
Born (1963-12-22) 22 December 1963 (age 56)
Uzwil, Switzerland
Political partyFDP.The Liberals
EducationZurich University of Applied Sciences
University of Fribourg

Karin Keller-Sutter (born 22 December 1963) is a Swiss politician and a member of the FDP. She is a current member of the Swiss Federal Council, the federal government of Switzerland, and head of the Department of Justice and Police.


Karin Keller-Sutter lived her childhood in Wil before moving to Neuchâtel. She studied language interpretation at Dolmetscherschule Zurich in Zürich (now the School of Applied Linguistics at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences). She then worked in a private capacity while studying political science in London and Montréal. She also achieved a pedagogy post-grad from the University of Fribourg and worked as a professor in a professional school.

Keller-Sutter undertook a political career as a municipal councilor[where?] between 1992 and 2000. She presided the municipal assembly[where?] in 1997.

From 1996 to 2000, she was a deputy of the Kantonsrat[where?], while presiding the local arm of the FDP.

On 12 March 2000, Keller-Sutter was elected to the Regierungsrat of the canton of St. Gallen, where she was appointed to the department for security and justice. She was also vice-president of the conference of cantonal directors for justice and police. She presided the government in 2006-2007.

On 22 September 2010, Keller-Sutter was a candidate for the Swiss Federal Council to succeed Hans-Rudolf Merz but was not elected.[1]

On 23 October 2011, she was elected with 65% of the votes to represent the canton of St. Gallen in the Council of States.

Karin Keller-Sutter is the vice president of the Board of Trustees of the St. Gallen Foundation for International Studies.[2]

On 8 October 2018, she once again announced her candidacy for Swiss Federal Council, this time for the seat of recently retired Johann Schneider-Ammann.[3]

On 5 December 2018, she was elected for the Swiss Federal Council with 154 votes out of 237.[4]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ « La conseillère d'État saint-galloise Karin Keller-Sutter candidate à la succession de Hans-Rudolf Merz », tsrinfo.ch, 19 août 2010 Archived 15 January 2013 at Archive.today
  2. ^ International Students' Committee, Board of Trustees Archived 22 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Karin Keller-Sutter kandidiert für den Bundesrat". Blick. 9 October 2018. Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  4. ^ SA, Agefi. "Karin Keller-Sutter élue par 154 voix au Conseil fédéral". www.agefi.com (in French). Retrieved 20 June 2020.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Johann Schneider-Ammann
Member of the Swiss Federal Council
Preceded by
Simonetta Sommaruga
Head of the Department of Justice and Police