Doris Leuthard

Doris Leuthard

Doris Leuthard
Doris Leuthard 2011.jpg
President of Switzerland
Assumed office
1 January 2017
Vice President Alain Berset
Preceded by Johann Schneider-Ammann
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 2016 – 1 January 2017
President Johann Schneider-Ammann
Preceded by Johann Schneider-Ammann
Succeeded by Alain Berset
In office
1 January 2009 – 31 December 2009
President Hans-Rudolf Merz
Preceded by Hans-Rudolf Merz
Succeeded by Moritz Leuenberger
Minister of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications
Assumed office
1 November 2010
Preceded by Moritz Leuenberger
Minister of Economic Affairs
In office
1 August 2006 – 31 October 2010
Preceded by Joseph Deiss
Succeeded by Johann Schneider-Ammann
Member of the Swiss Federal Council
Assumed office
1 August 2006
Preceded by Joseph Deiss
Personal details
Born  10 April 1963
Merenschwand, Switzerland
Political party Christian Democratic People’s Party
Spouse(s) Roland Hausin
Alma mater University of Zurich

Doris Leuthard  is a Swiss politician and lawyer. Since 1 August 2006, she has been a member of the Swiss Federal Council, and was elected as President of the Swiss Confederation for 2010 and 2017. 

Doris Leuthard in a group discussion

Doris Leuthard, Federal Councillor, Federal Department of Environment and Transports, Switzerland (right) with delegates at the Presidency Reception hosted by the Norwegian Minister at New Town Hall, Leipzig, during the International Transport Forum’s 2013 Summit on “Funding Transport” in Leipzig, Germany on 22 May 2013. 


From 1 August 2006 till 31 October 2010 she was head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs (the Swiss commerce 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, and on 7 December 2016 for 2017.

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). She represented Aargau.

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.

For the calendar year 2009, Leuthard was elected Vice President of the Swiss Confederation, virtually assuring her election as president for the calendar year 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. She was the third woman to hold the post, after Ruth Dreifuss (1999) and Micheline Calmy-Rey (2007).

As President of the Confederation, Leuthard presided over meetings of the Federal Council and carried 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 was also the highest-ranking official in the Swiss order of precedence, and had the power to act on behalf of the whole Council in emergency situations. However, in most cases, Leuthard was merely primus inter pares, with no power above and beyond her six colleagues. She was succeeded by Calmy-Rey in 2011, the first time two women had held the office in succession.

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.

The project SAFFA 2020 is under the patronage of the three federal councillors (Bundesrat) Doris Leuthard, Simonetta Sommaruga and Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf as well as by the former councillor (aBR) Micheline Calmy-Rey. 

President’s Doris Leuthard address to the Swiss abroad

President’s Doris Leuthard address to the Swiss abroad on the Swiss national day. 01.08.2017
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