About Ueli Maurer: lrich “Ueli” Maurer (born 1 December 1950) is a Swiss politician who served as President of the Swiss Confederation in 2013 and 2019. A member of the Swiss People’s Party (SVP/UDC), he has been a Member of the Swiss Federal Council since 2009. Formerly head of the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports (2009–2015), Maurer has served as head of the Federal Department of Finance since 2016.
An accountant by occupation, he chaired the Swiss People’s Party from 1996 to 2008. He was elected by the Swiss Federal Assembly to succeed Federal Councillor Samuel Schmid in the 2008 election and took office on 1 January 2009. Maurer served as Vice President of the Swiss Confederation in 2012 and 2018 and President of the Swiss Confederation for the years 2013 and 2019. He was reelected Federal Councillor in the 2015 election, when his party gained one seat, as well as in the 2019 election, which saw all members of the Federal Council reelected.
Personal background and professional career
Maurer grew up as the son of a poor farmer in the Zürcher Oberland. After a commercial apprenticeship, Maurer received a federal accountant’s diploma. He was director of the Zürich Farmers’ Association from 1994 to 2008 and president of the Swiss Vegetable Farmers’ Association and the Farmers’ Machinery Association (Maschinenring) until his election to the Federal Council.
Maurer is married and has six children and currently resides in Hinwil in the canton of Zürich. He has served in the Swiss Army with the rank of major, commanding a bicycle infantry battalion.
Political career, Cantonal politics
From 1978 to 1986, Maurer was a member of the municipal government of Hinwil. He was elected to the cantonal parliament of Zürich in 1983, which he presided over in 1991. In that year, he lost an election to the cantonal government against Moritz Leuenberger, as his opponents derided Maurer’s campaign as inept and himself as a naïve devotee of party strongman Christoph Blocher. In the same year’s national election, though, Maurer was elected to the National Council.