Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf

Born:March 16, 1956 (age 68)
Career:President of Switzerland, 2012
Vice president of Switzerland, 2011
Head of the Department of Finance, 2010-2015
Head of the Department of Justice and Police, 2008-2010
Member of the Swiss Federal Council, 2008-2015
Education:University of Zurich

Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf served as president of Switzerland from January 1 to December 31, 2012, and served as head of Switzerland's Department of Finance from November 2010 to December 2015.

Widmer-Schlumpf was born on March 16, 1956, and grew up in Felsberg. After legal studies in Zurich in 1981, she returned to her native Canton of Graubünden where she was admitted to the bar, practicing as a lawyer and notary public. She obtained a doctorate from the University of Zurich in 1990. She worked as a self-employed lawyer and notary public from 1987–1998.

Widmer-Schlumpf began her political career when she was elected to the district court of Trin in 1985. As a member of the Graubünden Cantonal Parliament from 1994 to 1998, she worked on several committees. On March 15, 1998, she was elected to the cantonal government. She headed the Cantonal Finance and Communes Department from January 1999 to December 2007. During this time, she was twice elected as president of the Graubünden Cantonal Council (in 2001 and 2005). She assumed office as head of the Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP) on January 1, 2008. She moved to the Federal Department of Finance in November 2010. On December 8, 2010, she was elected as vice president of Switzerland for 2011, and on December 14, 2011 as president of Switzerland for 2012.