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Switzerland Local Chiefs of Government

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1988-89 Vice-President of the Government  Hedi Lang, Kanton Zürich
1989-90 President of the Government
1993-94 Vice-President of the Government
1994-95 President of the Government
She was President of the Nationalrat 1981-82 and 1983-91 Councillor of Interior and  1991-95 Councillor of Economy. She lived (1931-2004).

1988-89 Vice-President of the Government Leni Robert, Kanton Bern
Councillor of Education 1986-90.

1990 Vice-Landammann Cornelia Füeg, Kanton Solothurn
1991 Frau Landammamann
1994 Vice-Landammann
1995 Frau Landammann 
She was Councillor of Housing, Building and traffic until 1997   

1991-92 Statthalter  Brigitte Mürner-Gilitt of Kanton Luzern
1992-93 Schultheiss (Chief of Government)
1996-97 Statthalter
1997-98 Schultheiss
Until 1999 Councillor of Education 

1992-93 Landesstadthalter Margrit Weber-Röllin of Kanton Schwyz
1993-94 Landammann 

1995-96 President of the Government  Dori Schaer-Born, Bern
Councillor of Building, Traffic and Energy 1992-2002.

1995 Vice-President of the Council of State Ruth Lüthi of Canton Fribourg/Freiburg
1996 President of the Council of State
1999 Vice-President of Council of State
2000 President of the Council of State
2004 Vice-President of the Council of State
2005 President of the Council of State
Councillor of Social Affairs and Health from 1995

1996-98 Landesstatthalter Dr.phil Stéphane Mörikofer-Zwez of Kanton Argau
1997-98 Landammann 
Councillor of Health 1993-99 and Councillor of Interior from 1999.

1996-97 Vice-President of the Government Elisabeth Zölch-Balmer, Bern
1997-98 President of the Government 
2002-03 President of the Government
Councillor of People's Economy from 1994. The Councillor of Building, Traffic and Energy since 1992-2006.

1996-97 Landammann 
2003-04 Landammann Alice Scherrer-Baumen, Kanton Appenzell-Ausserrhoden
Government Councillor and Director of Health since1994.

1996 Vice-President of the Government Anita Rion, Republique et Canton du Jura
1997 President of the Government 
2001 Vice-President of the Government
2002 President of the Government
Minister of Education.

1997-98 Vice-President of the Council of State Martine Brunschwig Graf
1998-99 President of the Council of State
2003-04 Vice-President of the Council of State
2004-05 President of the Council of State
Councillor of Public Education and Military Affairs 1993-2003, Acting Councillor of Finances 2002-03
Councillor of Finances and Military Affairs 2003-05. (b. 1950-)

1997-98 President of the Government/Landammann Marianne Kleiner-Schläpfer of Kanton Appenzell-Ausserrhoden
1999-2000 President of the Government/Landammann
She was Director of Finance 1994-2003.

1998-99 President of the Government lic.phil. Veronica Schaller of Kanton Basel Stadt (Basel City)
Councillor of Health from 1992.

1998-99 and 2000-01 President of the Government Marina Masoni of Repubblica e Cantone del Ticino
Director of Economy 1995-2005.

1998-99 President of the Government Elsebeth Schneider-Kenel of Kanton Basel Landschaft (Basel Landscape)
2002-03 President of the Government
2005-06 President of the Government
Councillor of Building and Environment from 1996

1998-99 Landammann lic.phil. Rita Ross-Niemann of St. Gallen
1999-2000 Landamann-Stellvertreterin (1/7-30/6)
Director of Economy since 1996. In 1999 she was candidate for the post of National Councillor (Minister in the National Government)

1999-2000 Government President Verena Diener of Kanton Zürich
2005-06 Vice-President of the Government Council
2006-07 President of the Government Council

Councillor of Health 1991 and Councillor of Health 1995-2007 ans Councillor of Social Affairs 1995-97, Leader of the Faction of the Green Party in the National Assembly 1992-95.

1999-2000 Vice-Government President Rita Fuhrer of Kanton Zurich
2000-2001 Government President
2006-07 Vice-Government President
2007-08 Government President
Councillor of Social Affairs and Safety (Police) 1995-99 and Social Affairs from 1999

1999 Vice-President of the Government Ruth Metzler-Arnold of Appenzell-Innerrhoden
Director of Finance 1996-99, Federal Councillor of Justice 1999-2003 and Federal Vice-President in 2003..

1999 Vice-Landammann Ruth Gisi-Wilisegger, Kanton Solothurn
2000 Frau Landammann
2003 Vice-Landammann
2004 Landammann
Councillor of Education since 1997.

1999-2000 Vice-President of the Government Dora Andres of Kanton Bern (1/6-31/5)
2000-01 President of the Government
Councillor of Police and Military from 1996

1999 Vice-Presidente de Counseil d'Etat Jacqueline Maurer-Mayor of Vaud
2000 and 2004 Presidente de Counseil d'Etat
President of the Grand Council 1996-97 and Chief of Economy Department 1997-2007. In August 2000 she took absence of leave to be treated for an illness.

1999-2000 Vice-President of the Government Vreni Schawalder-Linder of Kanton Thurgau
Councillor of Education and Culture 1996-2000.

2000-01 Vice-President of the Government  Barbara Schneider, Basel Stadt 
2001-02 President of the Government
2005-06 Vice-President of the Government
2006-07 President of the Government

Councillor of Building and Industrial Works since 1996
.

2000 Vice-President Dr. Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf of Kanton Graubünden/Cantone dei Grigioni/Chantun Grischun
2001 President of the Government
2004 Vice-President
Councillor of Finance and Military 1998-2007 and Federal Councillor of Justice and Police from 2008.

2000-01 Vice-President of the Council of State Micheline Calmy-Rey, République et Canton de Genève
2001-02 President of the Council of State
Councillor of Finances 1997-2002. From 2003 Federal Councillor in charge of Foreign Affairs, Confederal Vice-President in 2006 and President in 2007. (b. 1945).

2000-02 Frau Landesstatthalter Dr.iur. Gabi Huber of Kanton Uri
2002-04 Frau Landammann
Director of Finance and Interior 1996-2004.

2000-01 Vice-President of the State Council Monika Dusong, République and Canton of Neuchâtel
2001-03 President of the State Council
Councillor of State and Chief of Justice, Health and Security 1997-2005.

2001 and 2007 President of the Government Lic.phil Katrin Hilber, St. Gallen
Councillor of State and Director of Interior and Military since 1996.

2001 Vice-President of the Government Francine Jeanprêtre, Vaud
2002 President of the Government
Chief of the Education and Youth Department 1998-2002

2002-03 President of the Council of State Patrizia Pesenti, Ticino
2007-08 President of the Council of State

Since 1999 Director of Social Affairs  (b. 1958).


2002-03 Landstatthalter Maria Küchler-Flury, Obwalden
2002-03 Landammann
Councillor of Economy since 1992-2006.

2003 Schultheiss Margit Fischer-Williman of Luzern
Councillor of Military, Police and Environment since 1999.

2003-04 Vice-President of the Government Barbara Egger-Jenzer, Bern
2004-05 President of the Government
2007-08 Vice-President of the Government
2008-09 President of the Government
2013-14 Vice-President of the Government
2014-15 President of the Government
Vice-President 2000 and 2001-02 President of the  Grosse Rat, from 
2002 Councillor of Housing, Traffic and Construction

2003-04 Vice-President of the Council of State Sylvie Perrinjaquet, Neuchâtel
2004-05 President of the Council of State
2005-06 Vice-President of the Council of State
2006-07 President of the Council of State

Chief of the Departments of Finance and Social Affairs from 2001.

2003-07 Landammann Alice Scherrer-Baumann, Appenzell-Ausserrhoden
Government Councillor and Director of Health 1994-2007.

2003-04 Landstatthalter Elisabeth Gander-Hofer, Obwalden
2004-05 Landammann
From 1995 Councillor of Health and Security 

2003-04 Vice-President of the Government Council Dorothée Fierz
2005-06 President of the Government Council

Councillor of Building and Substitute Councillor of Health from 2003.

2004-05 Frau Statthalter Brigitte Profos-Meier, Zug
2005-06 Frau Landammann
Councillor of Interior
from 2001.

2004-05 Landesstatthalterin Lisbeth Gabriel, Nidwalden
2005-06
Landammann
Member of the Regierungsrat and Director of Agriculture and Environment from 2002.

2005 Landammann Anne-Catherine Lyon, Vaud
Chief of the Education and Formation Department
from 2002.

2005-06 Landesstatthalterin Beatrice Jann, Nidwalden
2006-07 Landammann
1999-2000 Vice-President of the Landrat and Member of the Regierungsrat and Director of Education
since 2002.

2005 Vice-President of the Government
Elisabeth Baume-Schneider, Jura
2006 President of the Government
2007 Vice-President of the Government
2008 President of the Government

President of the Parlement 1999-2000 and Minister
of Education since 2002. (b. 1963-).

2005 2. Vice-President of the Parlement Nathalie Barthoulot
, Jura
2006 1. Vice-President
2007 President
2015 2. Vice-President of the Government
2016 1. Vice-President of the Government
2017 President of the Government

2006-07 Vice-President of the Government Eva Herzog, Basel-Stadt
2007-08 President of the Government
Councillor of Finance from 2004.

2006-07 and 2011-12 President of the Council of State Karin Keller-Sutter, Sankt Gallen
Councillor of State and Director of Justice and Police since 2000.

2006 Vice-President of the Council of State Isabelle Chassot, Fribourg
2007 President
2013 Vice-President
Councillor of Education, Culture and Sport since 2002.


2006 and 2011 Statthalter
Yvonne Schärli-Gerig, Luzern
2007 and 2012 Schultheiss
President of the Grand Conseil in 2002 and Councillor of Justice, Military and Police since 2003.

2006-07 Vice-President of the Government Sabine Pegoraro, Basel-Landschaft
2007-08 President of the Government
2011-12 Vice-President of the Government
2012-13 President of the Government
2016-17 Vice-President of the Government
Councillor of Justice, Police and Military from 2003.

2007, 2011 and 2016 Vice-President of the Government Ursula Hafner-Wipf, Schaffenhausen
2008 and 2012 President of the Government

President of the Kantonsrat in 2000 and Chief of the Department of Interior since 2005.

2007 and 2012 Vice-Landammann Esther Gassler, Solothurn
2008 and 2013 Landammann
Councillor of Economy from 2005.

2008-10 Landamman Marianne Dürst-Kundert, Glarus
2014 Landesstatthalter
Councillor of Interior 1998-14. (b. 1961-).

2008-09 and 2014-15 President of the Government Heidi Hanselmann, Sankt Gallen
Councillor of State for Health from 2004.

2008-09 Vice-President of the Government Regine Aeppl, Zürich
2009-10 President of the Government
2013-14 Vice-President of the Government
2014-15 President of the Government
Councillor of Education from 2003 and also Substitute Councillor of Economy and from 2007 of Health

2008
, 2012 and 2016 Vice-President of the Government Rosmarie Widmer Gysel, Schaffenhausen
2009
, 2013 and 2017 President of the Government
Chief of the Department of Education since 2005.

2009 Landstatthalter (Deputy Chief of Government) Esther Gasser Pfulg, Obwalden
2009-10 Acting Landammann (October-January
2010 Landammann (February-July)
Councillor of Security and Health since 2006.


2010-11 Vice-President of the Council of State Laura Sadis, Ticino
2011-12 President of the Council of State
Councillor of Finance and Economy from 2007.

2010-11 Vice-President of the Government Ursula Gut-Winterberger, Zürich
2011-12 President of the Government
2014-15 Vice-President of the Government
Councillor of Housing 2006-07 and Councillor of Finance from 2007. Also Substitute Councillor of Justice and Interior

2011-12 Frau Landstatthalter Susanne Hochuli, Aargau
2012-13 Landammann
2015-16 Frau Landstatthalter
2016  Landammann
Councillor of Social Affairs and Health since 2009.

2011-12 Vice-President of the Government Esther Waeber-Kalbermatten, Valais
2012-13 President of the Government
2015-16 Vice-President of the Government
2016-17 President of the Government
Councillor of Social Security and Social Affairs and Integration from 2009.

2011-12 Vice-President of the Government Monika Knill, Thurgau
2012-13 President of the Government
2015-16 Vice-President of the Government
Councillor of Education of Culture from 2008 (b. 1972-)

2011-12 President of the Government Gisèle Ory, Neuchâtel
Councillor of Social Affairs and Health from 2009.

2011 Vice-President of the Government  Barbara Janom Steiner, Graubünden
2012 President of the Government
2016 Vice-President of the Government
2016 President of the Government
Counciller of Justice, Security and Health from 2008.

2011-12 Deputy Chief of Government Marianne Koller-Bohl, Appenzell-Ausserrhoden
2013-14 Frau Landammann
2015- Deputy Chief of Government
Government Councillor and Director of Economy and Agriculture  from 2005.

2012 Vice-President of the Government Anne-Claude Demierre, Freiburg
2013 President of the Government

1. Vice-President 2004 and President of the Grand Conseil 2005 and Councillor of Health and Social Affairs since 2005.

2012-13 Landesstatthalterin Yvonne von Deschwanden, Nidwalden
2013-14 Landammann
2016-17 Landesstatthalterin
President of the Landrat 2005-06 and Government Councillor for Social Affairs and Health and Deputy Director of Housing and Bulidling since 2010.

2012-14 Landesstatthalter Heidi Z'graggen, Uri
2014- Landammann
Director of Justice since 2004. (b. 1966-)

2015-17 Statthalterin  Manuela Weichelt-Picard, Zug
2017-19 Landammann
Councillor of Government and Director of Interior from 2007

2015 Vice-President of the Government Marie Garnier, Freibourg
2016 President of the Government
Councillor of Agriculture and Forests from 2012.

2015-16 President of the Government Monika Maire-Hefti, Neuchatel
Councillor of Education, Culture and Sports in 2013 and Councillor of the Department of Education and Family from 2013.

2015-16 Vice-President of the Government
Beatrice Simon, Bern
2016-17 President of the Government
Councillor of Finance from 2010.

2016 Vice-President of the Government Anne-Roy-Fridez, Jura
Councillor of Interior from 2015

2016-17 Vice-President of the Government Carmen Haag, Thurgau
Councillor of Construction and Environment from 2014.

2016 Vice-President of the Government Nathalie Barthoulot, Jura
2017 President of the Government
Vice-President 2005-06 and President 2007 of the Parlement and Councillor of Interior from 2007

 

Last update 01.01.17