List of Ministers of Culture of Latvia

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The Minister of Culture of Latvia is a member of the Cabinet of Ministers of Latvia, and is the political leader of the Ministry of Culture of Latvia. Dace Melbārde is minister since 31 October 2013.

Ministers of culture of the Republic of Latvia[edit]

Name Took Office Left Office Party
1 Raimonds Pauls 16 May 1990 20 September 1993 without party
2 Jānis Dripe 20 September 1993 21 December 1995 Latvian Way
3 Ojārs Spārītis 21 December 1995 22 July 1996 Latvian Farmers' Union
4 Rihards Pīks 12 August 1996 20 June 1997 Latvian Farmers' Union
5 Ramona Umblija 7 August 1997 26 November 1998 Latvian Farmers' Union
6 Karina Pētersone 26 November 1998 7 November 2002 Latvian Way
7 Inguna Rībena 7 November 2002 9 March 2004 New Era Party
8 Helēna Demakova 9 March 2004 12 January 2009[1] People's Party
9 Ints Dālderis 12 March 2009 3 November 2010 People's Party (until 19 March 2010)
without party (from 19 March 2010 to 28 June 2010)
New Era Party (from 28 June 2010)
10 Sarmīte Ēlerte 3 November 2010 25 October 2011 Civic Union
11 Žaneta Jaunzeme-Grende 25 October 2011 16 September 2013 National Alliance
12 Dace Melbārde 31 October 2013 Incumbent without party (until February 2014)
National Alliance (from February 2014)

Ministers of culture of Latvian SSR[edit]

Name Took Office Left Office Party
1 Voldemārs Kalpiņš 1953 1961, December[2] Communist party of Latvia
2 Vladimirs Kaupužs 1962 1986[3] Communist party of Latvia
3 ? 1986 1988 ?
4 Raimonds PaulsAs chair of the State Committee for Culture 1988 1990 ?

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