Doris Leuthard


Doris Leuthard
Doris Leuthard
Member of the Swiss Federal Council
Incumbent
Assumed office
1 August 2006
Preceded by Joseph Deiss
President of Switzerland
In office
1 January 2010 – 31 December 2010
Vice President Moritz Leuenberger
Micheline Calmy-Rey
Preceded by Hans-Rudolf Merz
Succeeded by Micheline Calmy-Rey
Vice President of Switzerland
In office
1 January 2009 – 31 December 2009
President Hans-Rudolf Merz
Preceded by Hans-Rudolf Merz
Succeeded by Moritz Leuenberger
Head of the Federal Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications
Incumbent
Assumed office
1 November 2010
Preceded by Moritz Leuenberger
Head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs
In office
1 August 2006 – 31 October 2010
Preceded by Joseph Deiss
Succeeded by Johann Schneider-Ammann
Personal details
Born 10 April 1963 (1963-04-10) (age 48)
Merenschwand, Switzerland
Political party Christian Democratic People's Party
Spouse(s) Roland Hausin

Doris Leuthard (born 10 April 1963 in Merenschwand, Aargau) is a Swiss politician and lawyer. Since 1 August 2006, she has been a member of the Swiss Federal Council. From 1 August 2006 till 31 October 2010 she was head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs (the Swiss economics minister). Since 1 November 2010 she is head of the Federal Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications. She was elected President of the Confederation for 2010.[1]

Leuthard was a member of the Swiss National Council from 1999 to 2006 and President of the Christian Democratic People's Party (CVP/PDC) (2004–2006).

Following the resignation of Joseph Deiss from the Swiss Federal Council, Leuthard was elected as his successor on 14 June 2006. She received 133 out of 234 valid votes, and became the 109th member (and fifth woman) of the Federal Council. Her election represented a departure from a long precedent of replacing a member of the Federal Council with someone from the same language group. While Deiss was a French speaker, Leuthard is a German speaker.

In 2009, Leuthard was elected Vice President of the Swiss Confederation, virtually assuring her election as president in 2010. Due to a large amount of turnover on the Council in recent years, she was the longest-serving councilor not to have served as president.

As President of the Confederation, Leuthard presided over meetings of the Federal Council and carries out representative functions that would normally be handled by a head of state in other democracies (though in Switzerland, the Federal Council as a whole is regarded as the head of state). She is also the highest-ranking official in the Swiss order of precedence, and can act on behalf of the whole Council in emergency situations. However, in most cases, Leuthard is merely primus inter pares, with no power above and beyond her six colleagues.

Following a reshuffle of portfolios after the by-election of two new councilors in 2010, Leuthard replaced outgoing Moritz Leuenberger at the head of the Federal Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications.[2]

See also

  • Swiss Federal Council elections of 14 June 2006
  • List of current Vice Presidents

References

External links

Media related to Doris Leuthard at Wikimedia Commons

Political offices
Preceded by
Joseph Deiss
Member of the Swiss Federal Council
2006–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Hans-Rudolf Merz
President of Switzerland
2010
Succeeded by
Micheline Calmy-Rey

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