Zhao Kezhi

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Zhao Kezhi
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Zhao attends the groundbreaking ceremony for the China-US Demonstration Farm on September 23, 2017
State Councilor of the People’s Republic of China
Assumed office
19 March 2018
PremierLi Keqiang
Preceded byGuo Shengkun
Minister of Public Security
Assumed office
4 November 2017
PremierLi Keqiang
DeputyFu Zhenghua, Wang Xiaohong, others
Preceded byGuo Shengkun
Communist Party Secretary of Hebei
In office
July 2015 – October 2017
DeputyZhang QingweiXu Qin (Governor)
Zhao Yong (party affairs)
Preceded byZhou Benshun
Succeeded byWang Dongfeng
Communist Party Secretary of Guizhou
In office
July 2012 – July 2015
DeputyChen Min'er (Governor)
Chen Yiqin (party affairs)
Preceded byLi Zhanshu
Succeeded byChen Min'er
Governor of Guizhou
In office
August 2010 – December 2012
Preceded byLin Shusen
Succeeded byChen Min'er
Personal details
BornDecember 1953 (age 66)
Laixi, Shandong, China
Political partyCommunist Party of China
Alma materCentral Party School

Zhao Kezhi (Chinese: ; born December 1953) is a Chinese politician, who currently serves as a State Councilor of the People’s Republic of China and the Minister and Party Committee Secretary of the Ministry of Public Security, with the top police officer rank of Police Commissioner-General. He is the former Communist Party Secretary of Hebei and Guizhou provinces, and the former Governor of Guizhou province. He had also previously served as a vice governor of Shandong and Jiangsu provinces.[1][2]


Zhao was born in Laixi, Shandong province. Zhao Kezhi entered the workforce in March 1973 as a middle school teacher in Laixi, and joined the Communist Party of China in January 1975. In April 1984 he became the mayor and deputy Communist Party Chief of Laixi County, was transferred in March 1987 to be the mayor and deputy party chief of nearby Jimo, and became party chief of Jimo in 1989. In December 1997 he was promoted to be the party chief of Dezhou, a prefecture-level city in Shandong. From February 2001 to March 2006 he was a vice governor of Shandong province.[1][2]

In 2006, Zhao Kezhi was transferred to neighbouring Jiangsu province, where he was the executive vice governor until August 2010, when he was transferred again to southwestern Guizhou province, where he was appointed deputy party chief and acting governor. A month later he was elected by the Guizhou Provincial Congress as governor. In July 2012 Zhao was promoted to concurrently serve as the Communist Party Secretary of Guizhou; in December he relinquished his governor post, and Chen Min'er was chosen as his successor.[1][2]

In July 2015, following the dismissal of Zhou Benshun, Zhao was named party chief of Hebei province. During his term in Hebei, planning began for the ambitious Xiong'an New Area. In October 2017, shortly after the 19th Party Congress, Zhao, then 63, was appointed as the Party Committee Secretary of the Ministry of Public Security.[3] He was appointed as the Minister of Public Security on November 4, 2017.[4]

In March 2018, Zhao was appointed as a State Councilor.[5] In June 2018, he became Deputy Secretary of the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission.[6]

Zhao is a member of the 18th and 19th Central Committees of the Communist Party of China.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d 赵克志简历 [Biography of Zhao Kezhi] (in Chinese). Xinhua News Agency. Retrieved 2013-02-08.
  2. ^ a b c d 赵克志简历 [Biography of Zhao Kezhi] (in Chinese). People's Daily. Retrieved 2013-02-08.
  3. ^ "赵克志出任公安部党委书记(图/简历)". news.sina.com.cn. Retrieved 2017-11-01.
  4. ^ "全国人大常委会决定任命赵克志为公安部部长_人事风向_澎湃新闻-The Paper". www.thepaper.cn. Retrieved 2017-11-04.
  5. ^ "国务院副总理、国务委员、各部部长完整名单". Xinhua. 2018-03-19. Retrieved 2018-03-19.
  6. ^ "赵克志任中央政法委副书记(图/简历)". 新华网. 2018-06-14. Retrieved 2018-06-14.