Paula Lehtomäki

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Paula Lehtomäki
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Paula Lehtomäki in 2015.
Minister for Environment
In office
19 April 2007 – 22 June 2011
Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen
Mari Kiviniemi
Preceded by Stefan Wallin
Succeeded by Ville Niinistö
Minister for Foreign Trade and Development
In office
17 April 2003 – 19 April 2007
Prime Minister Anneli Jäätteenmäki
Matti Vanhanen
Preceded by Jari Vilén
Succeeded by Paavo Väyrynen
Personal details
Born (1972-11-29) 29 November 1972 (age 44)
Kuhmo, Finland
Nationality Finnish
Political party Centre Party
Spouse(s) Jyri Sahlsten

Paula Lehtomäki (Born 29 November 1972 in Kuhmo, Finland) is a Finnish politician. She started her political career in 1996, when she was elected to the Kuhmo town council. In 1999 she was elected to the Finnish Parliament, and again in 2003. In 2002, she was elected as the vice-chairman of Keskusta. In April 2004, she was chosen as the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, making her the youngest minister in Matti Vanhanen's first cabinet.

She is married and the mother of three children. Her hobbies include cross country skiing, cycling, Nordic walking and badminton. She is also famous, or infamous, for her strong passion for karaoke singing.

On 17 April 2007 it was announced that she would be the Minister for Environment in Matti Vanhanen's second cabinet. At the same time it was also announced that she is pregnant, and would take her second maternity leave from a ministerial post later in 2007.

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Preceded by
Stefan Wallin
Minister for Environment (Finland)
Succeeded by
Ville Niinistö