Li was born in 1962 in Wendeng County, Shandong. He graduated from the department of physics at Shandong University. After graduating, he worked as an instructor; he joined the Communist Youth League in 1986, taking on leadership roles at the department of management sciences at Shandong University, then the city of Weifang. In 1995 he was named mayor of Shougang. In September 1996 he was named Deputy Secretary of the Communist Youth League of Shandong (executive oversight), then promoted to Secretary in 1997; he served in the post until 2001.
In January 2001, he became mayor of Linyi. In December 2002 he was promoted to party chief of Linyi. In March 2007, he was named head of the provincial propaganda department of Shandong, then named to the provincial Party Standing Committee three months later. In November 2010 he became party chief of Qingdao.
- "青岛新一届常委". January 15, 2012.