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Simonetta Sommaruga

Simonetta Sommaruga
Member of the Swiss Federal Council
Assumed office
1 November 2010
Preceded by Moritz Leuenberger
Vice President of Switzerland
Assumed office
1 January 2014
President Didier Burkhalter
Preceded by Didier Burkhalter
Head of the Department of Justice and Police
Assumed office
1 November 2010
Preceded by Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf
Personal details
Born (1960-05-14) 14 May 1960
Zug, Switzerland
Political party Social Democratic Party
Alma mater University of Fribourg

Simonetta Sommaruga (born 14 May 1960)[1] is a Swiss politician of the Social Democratic Party of Switzerland. She is a member of the Swiss Federal Council, the federal government of Switzerland, and head of the Federal Department of Justice and Police (the Swiss justice minister).[2]


  • Biography 1
    • Early life 1.1
    • Professional career 1.2
    • Political career 1.3
    • Personal life 1.4
  • Publications 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Early life

Born in Zug, 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 Lucerne, California and Rome. From 1988 to 1991, she attended English and Romance studies at the University of Fribourg.

Professional career

Sommaruga held the directorship of the Swiss Consumer Protection Foundation (Swissaid since 2003. She is also patron of SAFFA 2020, as well as the federal councillors (Bundesrat) Doris Leuthard, Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf and the former councillor (aBR) Micheline Calmy-Rey.[3]

Political career

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.[4] 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.

Personal life

Sommaruga is married to the writer Lukas Hartmann and lives in Spiegel near Bern.[1] She is a distant relative of Cornelio Sommaruga.


  • 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


  1. ^ a b c Biography of Simonetta Sommaruga on the website of the Swiss Parliament.
  2. ^ "Leuthard au DETEC, Widmer-Schlumpf aux finances". TSR Télévision Suisse Romande. SRG SSR. 27 September 2010. Retrieved 27 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "Patronat" (in German). Retrieved 2014-12-02. 
  4. ^ , 11 août« La socialiste bernoise Simonetta Sommaruga est candidate à la succession de Moritz Leuenberger »,

External links

  • Biography of Simonetta Sommaruga on the website of the Swiss Parliament.
  • Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga
Political offices
Preceded by
Moritz Leuenberger
Member of the Swiss Federal Council
Preceded by
Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf
Head of the Department of Justice and Police
Preceded by
Didier Burkhalter
Vice President of Switzerland
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