Mihály Varga

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Mihály Varga
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Minister of the National Economy
Assumed office
7 March 2013
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán
Preceded by György Matolcsy
In office
1 January 2001 – 27 May 2002
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán
Preceded by Zsigmond Járai
Succeeded by Csaba László
Member of the National Assembly
Assumed office
26 September 1994
In office
2 May 1990 – 27 June 1994
Personal details
Born (1965-01-26) 26 January 1965 (age 52)
Karcag, Hungary
Political party Fidesz
Spouse(s) Sántha Szilvia
Children Vanda
Alma mater Corvinus University

Mihály Varga (born 26 January 1965) is a Hungarian politician, current Minister of National Economy since 2013. He also served as Minister of Finance between 2001 and 2002. He is member of the Fidesz from the beginnings (1988). He was one of the party's four vice presidents between 2005 and 2013.[1]


Varga studied at Gábor Áron Secondary School in Karcag and finishing in 1983. He graduated in trade from Karl Marx University of Economic Science of Budapest in 1989. After defending his thesis he served as an auditor at the State Construction Company No. 43 in Budapest, and then became an economist at the East Hungary Water Planning Company in Szolnok in 1990.

At the end of December 1988 he joined the Alliance of Young Democrats (Fidesz). He was the founder of the Szolnok county Fidesz group. He became a member of Fidesz's National Board in 1990, and served as its chairman in 1992-93. From 1993 to 1995 he was chairman of the party's organisation in Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok County. From 1994 to 2003 he was the party's national deputy chairman, a member of the National Board and director of the party's Management Office. He has chaired the Karcag constituency since the autumn of 2003. He has been a member of the Parliament since 1990 elected from the national list in 1990 and co-opted on 26 September 1994; elected to represent: Constituency 8, Karcag, Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok County in 1998. From 1995 to 1998 he was Deputy Group Leader.

From 14 July 1998 to 31 December 2000 he was Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Finance. From 1 January 2001[2] to 27 May 2002 he served as Minister of Finance. He secured an individual mandate from Karcag once again in the 2002 parliamentary elections. On finishing his governmental duties he became leader of the Budget and Finance Committee. He secured a seat in Parliament in the 2006 general elections from Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok county 8.constituency. He was elected chairman of the Committee on Budget, Finance and Audit Office on 30 May 2006.

Varga became state secretary of the Prime Minister's Office in 2010. His role was to maintain a contact between the Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and the ministers. He was appointed Minister without portfolio for liaising with international financial organisations, replacing Tamás Fellegi, on 2 June 2012. Varga was succeeded by János Lázár as Head of the Prime Minister's Office.

He was appointed Minister of National Economy on 4 March 2013, replacing György Matolcsy.[3]

Public life[edit]

He served as vice president of the Hungarian - Kazakh Friendship Society from 1997. In 2000 he became a member of the Order of the Knights of St. John. He became presbyter of the Reformed Church of Karcag and a member of the Rákóczi Association in 2001. In 2003 he became Chairman of the Nagykun Civic Association. He is an honorary professor of the Szolnok Business School (Szolnoki Gazdasági Főiskola).


  1. ^ "Fidesz-kongresszus - Varga Mihály lemondott az alelnökségről". Info Radio. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "January 2001". Rulers. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  3. ^ Orbán reverses himself on cabinet reshuffle, appoints controversial Economy Minister Matolcsy head of Central Bank, politics.hu, 1 March 2013; Retrieved 1 March 2013

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Political offices
Preceded by
Zsigmond Járai
Minister of Finance
Succeeded by
Csaba László
Preceded by
Csaba Molnár
Minister of the Prime Minister's Office
Succeeded by
János Lázár
Preceded by
György Matolcsy
Minister of the National Economy