Federal Councilor Simonetta Sommaruga

Curriculum Vitae

Personal details
  • Born 14 May 1960 in a hospital in Zug as the third of four children.
  • Place of origin: Lugano (Canton Ticino) and Eggiwil (Canton Bern)
  • Mother: avid gardener and dedicated housewife. Father: plant manager of LONZA AG
  • Married to Lukas Hartmann

Education and training
  • 1980: High school leaving certificate (Type B) from the Bethlehem Grammar School, Immensee (Canton Schwyz)
  • 1980: Trained as a pianist at the Lucerne Academy of Music
  • 1983-1984: Further education in California (Stanford) and in Rome
  • 1988-1991: Studied English and Spanish literature at the University of Fribourg (did not graduate)

Career history
  • 1985: Concert appearances and educational work at the Academy of Music and the cantonal teacher training college in Fribourg; Organist at St.Jean’s Church
  • 1985: Worked in a home for battered women in Fribourg
  • 1993: Manager of the Swiss Consumer Protection Foundation in Bern
  • Since 2000: President of the Swiss Consumer Protection Foundation
  • 2003: President of SWISSAID
  • Since 2008: Board member of SWISSAID
  • 2002: Co-President of the Women’s Music Forum in Bern
  • Since 2008: President of EQUAM (Foundation for External Quality Assurance in Medicine)
  • Since 2008: Board member of Energieallianz
  • Since 2009: Member of the foundation Slow Food Schweiz
  • Since 2009: Board member of the Bärenpark Bern
  • Since 2010: Member of the Board of Directors of Concret AG

Following her appointment as Federal Councillor, Simonetta Sommaruga resigned from all offices.

Political career
  • Since 1986: Member of the Socialist Party of Switzerland
  • 1997-2005: Municipal Councillor, head of the fire brigade and civil protection of Köniz; Officer for Cultural Affairs
  • 1999: National Councillor, member of the Committee for Environment, Spatial Planning and Energy
  • Since 2003: Member of the Council of States; member of the Committee for Economic Affairs and Taxes, 2008-2009 president of the Committee for Economic Affairs and Taxes, vice-president of the Committee for Environment, Spatial Planning and Energy, member of the Committee for Social Security and Health, vice-president of the EFTA Delegation / European Parliament, Member of the Office of the Council of States
  • 22 September 2010: Election as Federal Councillor
  • Since 1 November 2010: Head of the Federal Department of Justice and Police

Professional travel

Mexico, Nicaragua, India, Myanmar, Mozambique, Chad, Niger

Languages

Spoken: German, French, Italian, English, Spanish
Written: German, French, English, Spanish