Přemysl Sobotka

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Přemysl Sobotka
P Sobotka June 2015.JPG
President of the Senate
In office
15 December 2004 – 13 November 2010
PresidentVáclav Klaus
Preceded byPetr Pithart
Succeeded byMilan Štěch
Senator from Liberec
In office
23 November 1996 – 23 October 2016
Preceded bySeat established
Succeeded byMichael Canov
Personal details
Born (1944-05-18) 18 May 1944 (age 75)
Mladá Boleslav, Bohemia and Moravia (now Czech Republic)
Political partyCivic Democratic Party
Spouse(s)Radmila Sobotková (2nd wife)
ChildrenVěra Sobotková
Martina Sobotková
Alma materCharles University

Přemysl Sobotka (born May 18, 1944 in Mladá Boleslav) is a Czech physician and politician who served as the President of the Senate from 2004 to 2010.

Sobotka was a candidate in 2013 Czech presidential election, in January 2013. In the first round of the election he placed 8th with 2.46% (126,846 votes),[1] failing to qualify for the second round.

Early life and career[edit]

After the Nazi occupation during World War II Sobotka's family moved to Liberec, where he still lives and where his father worked as a teacher.

Sobotka graduated from the Faculty of Medicine of Charles University in 1968 as MUDr. and entered the surgical department of the Liberec Hospital, where he transferred to the X-ray department after two years. From 1991 to 1996 he was a senior consultant and Head of the Radiology Department.

Political career[edit]

Sobotka's political career started in the Velvet Revolution in 1989. He was a member of the Civic Forum and joined the right-wing Civic Democratic Party after its foundation in 1991. He is a chairman of its Liberec regional organisation.

He served as Councillor in the City of Liberec from 1990 to 1998. He was elected member of the Senate for the Liberec constituency for a shortened term of two years in the first Senate election held in 1996, and re-elected for two full six-year terms in 1998 and 2004. He was elected Vice President of the Senate several times. He was elected President of the Senate for a two-year term on 15 December 2004, and re-elected for another two-year term in 2006.

Personal life[edit]

He has two daughters from his first marriage, called Věra and Martina. He also has a stepson called Prokop from his second marriage. His wife, Radmila, worked as a nurse.


  1. ^ "Volba prezidenta republiky konaná ve dnech 11.01. – 12.01.2013" (in Czech). volby.cz. Retrieved 13 January 2013.

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