Keit Pentus-Rosimannus

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Keit Pentus-Rosimannus
Keit Pentus, 2011.jpg
27th Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
17 November 2014 – 1 July 2015
Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas
Preceded by Urmas Paet
Succeeded by Marina Kaljurand
Personal details
Born (1976-03-03) 3 March 1976 (age 41)
Tallinn, Estonia
Political party Reform Party
Alma mater Tallinn University
University of Tartu

Keit Pentus-Rosimannus (born 3 March 1976) is an Estonian politician, vice-chairwoman of the biggest parliament party Reform Party and former chairwoman of its parliamentary faction. She was the Minister of Foreign Affairs for Estonia from 2014 to 2015[1] having previously been the Minister of the Environment from 2011 to 2014.

Education[edit]

Pentus-Rosimannus studied piano in Tallinn Musical High School and in Tallinn Baccalaureate Private School (today’s University Nord), which she graduated from in 1995 with honours. In 2000 Pentus-Rosimannus graduated from Tallinn Pedagogical University (today’s Tallinn University) majoring in public administration and European Union relations. Pentus continued her MA studies in political science in University of Tartu, but did not complete her degree.

Keit Pentus-Rosimannus in Arvamusfestival (2014).

Political career[edit]

Her first contact with Reform Party took place in 1996 when she was hired as an election manager on her second year in university. In 1997 Rosimannus and Kristen Michal (later secretary-general of Reform party) established a club for young politicians which now has 4000 members.

Keit Pentus has been a member of Reform Party since 1998.

Pentus has worked as a political advisor in Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Social Affairs and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2003, Pentus was offered a position of district governor of central Tallinn. She managed the district for 2 years, during which she initiated a thematic plan for high-rise buildings, a comprehensive plan aimed at the protection of the built-up area of cultural and environmental value, discussions on the future of the Old Town; she also managed to tidy up Musumägi, arranged the lightening of Schnell Park and Lembitu Park, helped modernize several kindergartens in Tallinn and summoned the round tables of the headmasters of schools, heads of kindergartens as well as apartment associations.

After the breakup of the Tallinn city coalition in 2005, Pentus became the head of Prime Minister Andrus Ansip's office.

In 2007 Keit Pentus-Rosimannus ran for the parliament, receiving 7049 votes. During the term, she served as chairman of the parliamentary faction of Reform Party, and was a member of the Finance Committee.

Pentus-Rosimannus is also a member of parliamentary groups of Great Britain, USA, China, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Slovakia, Germany and Turkey. She is a council member of the State Real Estate PLC, council member of the Educational and Conference Centre of Christian Culture and Ethical Values of Tallinn Dome Church and a council member of the Support Union of Grandparents.[citation needed]

In the 2015 election, Pentus-Rosimannus was chosen for another term with 5716 votes.[2] She started as the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Taavi Rõivas' second cabinet on 17 November 2014. On 1 July 2015, Pentus-Rosimannus resigned following the Tallinn Circuit Court decision which made her partly liable for debts accumulated by her father's bankrupt company Autorollo.[3]

Personal[edit]

Her brother Sten is a racing driver. On 10 August 2012, Rosimannus married Rain Rosimannus.

Sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Head of State has confirmed the appointment of Keit Pentus-Rosimannus as the new Minister of Foreign Affairs and Mati Raidma as the new Minister of the Environment". Office of the President. 17 November 2014. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "Riigikogu valimised 2015". Vabariigi Valimiskomisjon. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Estonian Foreign Minister Pentus-Rosimannus resigns due to Autorollo case". ERR. 1 July 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Kristen Michal
Governor of Kesklinn
2003–2005
Succeeded by
Kalev Kallo
Preceded by
Jaanus Tamkivi
Minister of the Environment
2011–2014
Succeeded by
Mati Raidma
Preceded by
Urmas Paet
Minister of Foreign Affairs
2014–2015
Succeeded by
Marina Kaljurand