Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf Biography

Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf was born in Felsberg (Switzerland) on March 16, 1956. In 1981, he earned his law degree in the University of Zurich and obtained his LLD in 1990. During the period 1987-1998, he worked as a lawyer. In 1985, he was elected to the district court Trin and led the agency during the period 1991-1997. As a member of the Swiss People's Party, he was elected to the legislature kantonal Grisons during 1994-1998. In 1998 he was elected in government kantonal the first woman to serve as interim president in 2001 and 2005.

Widmer-Schlumpf was appointed as an alternate candidate to replace Christoph Blocher by the Christian Democrats, Social Democrats and the Green faction in the election of the Federal Council dated December 12, 2007. In the first half, he got 116 votes, while Blocher won 111 votes. In the second half, he was elected to the federal council with 125 votes, while Blocher get 115 votes. A total of 6 votes otherwise blank or invalid. He was formally elected on December 13, 2007 and assumed as Blocher old portfolio in the Ministry of Justice and the Federal Police. Portfolio reshuffle after the election of two new board members in 2010, Widmer-Schlumpf was elected to replace Hans-Rudolf Merz as head of the Federal Treasury.

After his election, Widmer-Schlumpf is opposed by the national leadership of the Swiss People's Party condemned it as a traitor to her to accept that he won an election without party support. Immediately after the election, he was expelled from a meeting the group, like his colleague Samuel Schmid. In another development unprecedented in Swiss politics, on April 2, 2008, national party leader to call Widmer-Schlumpf to resign from the Federal Council at once and leave the party. Widmer-Schlumpf refused to do so. On June 1, the Swiss People's Party expelled the entire company because it has refused to evict Grisons Widmer-Schlumpf. Since political parties are legally Swiss cantons of the federation party (region), the national party can not expel Widmer-Schlumpf directly. In response, the former SVP Grisons formed the Conservative Democratic Party. SVP of Bern, where Schmid as a member, also joined the new party.

Before the Swiss president, Widmer-Schlumpf vice president during the period 1 January 2011-31 December 2011 when accompanied Micheline Calmy-Rey as president of the confederation in 2011. During the period 1 January 2008-31 October 2010, he served as Minister of Justice and Police. Since 1 November 2010, he served as Federal Minister of the Ministry of Finance to replace Hans-Rudolf Merz. Widmer-Schlumpf is married and has three children. She is the daughter of a former member of the federal council, Leon Schlumpf. He is a member of federal council whose father also served both at the same position, after Eugène Ruffy. He was the sixth woman elected to the Swiss Federal Council and the third woman who was President of the Swiss

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