Sándor Pintér

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Sándor Pintér
Deputy Prime Minister of Hungary
Assumed office
18 May 2018
Prime MinisterViktor Orbán
Minister of Interior
Assumed office
29 May 2010
Prime MinisterViktor Orbán
Preceded byZoltán Varga
(Minister of Local Government)
In office
6 July 1998 – 27 May 2002
Prime MinisterViktor Orbán
Preceded byGábor Kuncze
Succeeded byMónika Lamperth
Personal details
Born (1948-07-03) 3 July 1948 (age 71)
Budapest, Hungary
Political partyIndependent
Spouse(s)Ildikó Pintérné Eötvös
  • Hajnalka
  • Csillag
  • Ildikó
Professionpolitician, police officer

Sándor Pintér (born 3 July 1948 in Budapest) is a Hungarian politician. A former top police official, Minister of the Interior from 1998 to 2002 and since 2010, in Viktor Orbán's cabinets.


Pintér was born and raised in Budapest. He graduated from the Police Officer College (Hungarian: Rendőrtiszti Főiskola) at Budapest in 1978. He worked in the criminal-investigation divisions of the national, Budapest and Pest County Police Departments between 1978 and 1991. He received degree at Law and Political Sciences in Eötvös Loránd University in 1986 at age of 38.

Before his entry into the political arena after retirement, he worked as a police officer. After entering the police service in 1972 and rising through the ranks, he reached top positions in the Hungarian police, such as Chief of the Budapest police in 1991, and then Chief of the National Police between 1991 and 1996.

Political career[edit]

He was a member of the Hungarian Socialist Workers' Party (MSZMP) before the transition to democracy in Hungary (1990).

Sándor Pintér served as Minister of the Interior in the first cabinet of Viktor Orbán from 1998 to 2002. He worked as businessman between two periods as Minister of the Interior, operating security, economic-consultation and travel companies.

He was appointed Minister of the Interior again in 2010. His most prominent tasks are the suppression of the delinquency and the restoration of the police's efficiency. The secret services' single part is also at his disposal. Pintér said that they had reviewed the changes done at the police in 2010, and also had set the tasks to be accomplished during the year of 2011 in order to improve the police work to achieve a better state of public order and security in the country. As current Minister of the Interior, he is superior of the Constitution Protection Office Director General, domestic criminal-investigative and counterintelligence agency, Counter Terrorism Centre Director General, special weapons and tactics, hostage rescue agency, National Protective Service Director General, organization completing tasks such as: crime prevention and detection, lifestyle monitoring, integrity testing and Special Service for National Security Director General, agency - provider of the technical background needed to clandestine collection of information.

Personal life[edit]

He is married. His wife is Ildikó Pintérné Eötvös and has three daughters, Hajnalka, Csillag and Ildikó.[1]


  1. ^ Magyar Narancs - Jenő Böszörményi - Őrzés, védés – Pintér Sándor cégeladásai
Political offices
Preceded by
Gábor Kuncze
Minister of the Interior
Succeeded by
Mónika Lamperth
Preceded by
Zoltán Varga
Minister of the Interior
Succeeded by