Waldemar Pawlak

Waldemar Pawlak
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4th and 6th Prime Minister of Poland
In office
26 October 1993 – 6 March 1995
PresidentLech Wałęsa
DeputyAleksander Łuczak
Marek Borowski
Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz
Preceded byHanna Suchocka
Succeeded byJózef Oleksy
In office
5 June 1992 – 10 July 1992
PresidentLech Wałęsa
Preceded byJan Olszewski
Succeeded byHanna Suchocka
Deputy Prime Minister of Poland
In office
16 November 2007 – 27 November 2012
PresidentLech Kaczyński
Bronisław Komorowski (Acting)
Bogdan Borusewicz (Acting)
Grzegorz Schetyna (Acting)
Bronisław Komorowski
Prime MinisterDonald Tusk
Succeeded byJanusz Piechociński
Minister of Economy of Poland
In office
16 November 2007 – 27 November 2012
PresidentLech Kaczyński
Bronisław Komorowski (Acting)
Bogdan Borusewicz (Acting)
Grzegorz Schetyna (Acting)
Bronisław Komorowski
Prime MinisterDonald Tusk
DeputyAdam Szejnfeld
Preceded byPiotr Woźniak
Succeeded byJanusz Piechociński
President of the Polish People's Party
In office
29 January 2005 – 17 November 2012
Preceded byJanusz Wojciechowski
Succeeded byJanusz Piechociński
In office
29 June 1991 – 11 October 1997
Preceded byRoman Bartoszcze
Succeeded byJarosław Kalinowski
Member of the Sejm
In office
18 June 1989 – 11 November 2015
Constituency16 – Płock
Personal details
Born (1959-09-05) 5 September 1959 (age 59)
Model, Masovian Voivodeship, People's Republic of Poland
Political partyPolish People's Party
Spouse(s)Elżbieta Pawlak
ProfessionMechanician, farmer, teacher
AwardsOrder for Merits to Lithuania Order of Saint-Charles Royal Norwegian Order of Merit Order of Merit (Portugal)
Deputy Prime Minister W. Pawlak at the World Economic Forum on Europe and Central Asia in Istanbul 2008

Waldemar Pawlak [valˈdɛmar ˈpavlak] (About this sound listen) (born 5 September 1959) is a Polish politician. He twice served as Prime Minister of Poland, briefly in 1992 and again from 1993 to 1995. From November 2007 to November 2012 he served as Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Economy. Pawlak is the only person who held the office of Prime Minister twice during the Third Republic (i.e. since 1989), and he remains Poland's youngest Prime Minister to date.

He is also a long-time commander of the Polish Volunteer fire department, holding the rank of Brigadier General. Since 2015 Pawlak is workstream leader for the AMU (Agency for the Modernisation of Ukraine), where he contributes his expertise in economy.[1]

Early life, education and early political career

Pawlak was born in the village of Model, Masovian Voivodeship on 5 September 1959.[2] He is a graduate of the Warsaw University of Technology. While he was a student and during martial law in 1981 he actively participated in strikes.

After graduation (1984) he became a computer teacher in Kamionka (near Pacyna). His political career began in 1985, when he joined the United People's Party. After 1990, like many UPP members, he joined the UPP's successor, the Polish People's Party. He was elected from UPP office to the Contract Sejm (1989) and has remained a member of Sejm since then. He became leader (Prezes) of the UPP in 1991.

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