Simonetta Sommaruga

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Simonetta Sommaruga
Simonetta Sommaruga 2016.jpg
Vice President of Switzerland
Assumed office
1 January 2019
PresidentUeli Maurer
Preceded byUeli Maurer
In office
1 January 2014 – 31 December 2014
PresidentDidier Burkhalter
Preceded byDidier Burkhalter
Succeeded byJohann Schneider-Ammann
President of Switzerland
In office
1 January 2015 – 31 December 2015
Vice PresidentJohann Schneider-Ammann
Preceded byDidier Burkhalter
Succeeded byJohann Schneider-Ammann
Head of the Department of Justice and Police
In office
1 November 2010 – 31 December 2018
Preceded byEveline Widmer-Schlumpf
Succeeded byKarin Keller-Sutter
Head of the Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications
Assumed office
1 January 2019
Preceded byDoris Leuthard
Member of the Swiss Federal Council
Assumed office
1 November 2010
Preceded byMoritz Leuenberger
Personal details
Born (1960-05-14) 14 May 1960 (age 58)
Zug, Switzerland
Political partySocial Democratic Party
Spouse(s)Lukas Hartmann
Alma materLucerne University
University of Fribourg

Simonetta Sommaruga (born 14 May 1960)[1] is a Swiss politician of the Social Democratic Party of Switzerland who is a current member of the Swiss Federal Council, the federal government of Switzerland, and head of the Federal Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications. She previously served as head of the Federal Department of Justice and Police (the Swiss justice minister).[2] She served as Vice President of the Swiss Confederation for the year 2014, and in 2015 succeeded to the role of President. Subsequently, she returned to the Vice-Presidency in 2019.[3]

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Born in Zug,[4] Sommaruga grew up with two brothers and a sister in Sins, Aargau. She attended the gymnasium at Immensee, Schwyz and trained as a pianist at the Lucerne School of Music of Lucerne University. From 1988 to 1991, she attended English and Romance studies at the University of Fribourg.

Professional career[edit]

Sommaruga held the directorship of the Swiss Consumer Protection Foundation (Stiftung für Konsumentenschutz) from 1993 to 1999, which earned her public recognition in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. She has held the presidency of that foundation since 1999, and that of the aid organisation Swissaid since 2003. She is also patron of SAFFA 2020, as well as the federal councillors Doris Leuthard, Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf and the former federal councillor Micheline Calmy-Rey.[5]

Political career[edit]

Sommaruga's political career began as a Social Democrat member of the Grand Council of Bern from 1981 to 1990. She served in the municipal government of Köniz from 1998 to 2005.[1] In 1999, she was elected to the National Council of Switzerland and in 2003 to the upper chamber, the Council of States, representing the Canton of Bern.

On 11 August 2010, she announced her candidacy to succeed Moritz Leuenberger in the 2010 Swiss Federal Council election.[6] She was elected on 22 September 2010.

She was elected as Vice President of the Confederation for 2014 alongside President Didier Burkhalter.

On 3 December 2014, she was elected as President of the Confederation for 2015, with Johann Schneider-Ammann as Vice President. She served until 31 December 2015, when Schneider-Ammann succeeded her.

Personal life[edit]

Sommaruga is married to the writer Lukas Hartmann and lives in Spiegel near Bern.[1] She is a distant relative of Cornelio Sommaruga and fellow politician of the Social Democratic Party of Switzerland, Carlo Sommaruga.

Publications[edit]

  • Für eine moderne Schweiz. Ein praktischer Reformplan, with Rudolf Strahm, Nagel & Kimche, Munich, 2005, ISBN 3-312-00356-3
  • "Gurtenmanifest für eine neue und fortschrittliche SP-Politik" (PDF). (235 KB), 10 May 2001

References[edit]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Moritz Leuenberger
Member of the Swiss Federal Council
2010–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf
Head of the Department of Justice and Police
2010–2018
Succeeded by
Karin Keller-Sutter
Preceded by
Doris Leuthard
Minister of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications
2019–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Didier Burkhalter
Vice President of Switzerland
2014
Succeeded by
Johann Schneider-Ammann
President of Switzerland
2015
Preceded by
Ueli Maurer
Vice President of Switzerland
2019
Incumbent