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|President of the Senate|
15 December 2004 – 13 November 2010
|Preceded by||Petr Pithart|
|Succeeded by||Milan Štěch|
|Senator from Liberec|
23 November 1996 – 23 October 2016
|Preceded by||Seat established|
|Succeeded by||Michael Canov|
|Born||18 May 1944|
Mladá Boleslav, Bohemia and Moravia (now Czech Republic)
|Political party||Civic Democratic Party|
|Spouse(s)||Radmila Sobotková (2nd wife)|
|Children||Věra Sobotková |
|Alma mater||Charles University|
Early life and career
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.
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.
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.
- "Volba prezidenta republiky konaná ve dnech 11.01. – 12.01.2013" (in Czech). volby.cz. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
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