Karin Keller-Sutter

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Karin Keller-Sutter, 2019

Karin Maria Keller-Sutter (born December 22, 1963 in Niederuzwil ; resident in Jonschwil and Kirchberg SG ) is a Swiss politician ( FDP ). She was elected to the Federal Council on December 5, 2018, to succeed Johann Schneider-Ammann , where she has been Minister of Justice since January 1, 2019 .


Karin Keller-Sutter grew up in Wil in the canton of St. Gallen with three brothers in a rural Catholic environment. She completed her school years in Wil and Neuchâtel . She then trained as a translator and conference interpreter at the Zurich Interpreting School (DOZ, now ZHAW ) . After graduating, she worked as a freelance conference interpreter. She also completed a one-year study visit to London, studied political science for one semester at the University of Montreal , completed a postgraduate degree in pedagogy at the University of Freiburg and worked as a vocational secondary school teacher.

Before being elected to the Federal Council, Keller-Sutter was, among other things, President of the Board of Directors of Pensimo Fondsleitung AG, President of the Pensimo Investment Foundation, Vice-President of the St. Gallen Foundation for International Studies, since May 2013 on the Board of Directors of the Bâloise Insurance Group and the ASGA Pensionkasse St. Gallen as well as president of the retail trade association Swiss Retail Federation and board member of the Swiss employers' association. From 2012 to 2016 she was also a member of the board of directors of the NZZ media group. After her election to the Federal Council, Karin Keller-Sutter stepped down from all other offices.

She is married to forensic doctor Morten Keller and lives in Wil.


Karin Keller-Sutter began her political career from 1992 to 2000 as a councilor for Wil; In 1997 she chaired the local council. From 1996 to 2000 she was a member of the Cantonal Council of St. Gallen and between 1997 and 2000 President of the FDP of the Canton of St. Gallen. From her election on March 12, 2000 to the end of May 2012, she was a member of the government . She headed the Security and Justice Department and was President of the Justice and Police Directors' Conference (KKJPD). In 2006/07 and 2011/12 she presided over the cantonal government. She was committed to the new asylum and foreigners law and consistent enforcement in the canton of St. Gallen and introduced integration agreements with foreigners. It introduced special protection for victims of domestic violence and a police youth service, and increased the police presence in public spaces. She has been criticized for her tough measures, but takes a firm stand for her concerns.

On August 19, 2010, she announced that she would run for the seat that had become vacant due to the resignation of Federal Councilor Hans-Rudolf Merz . The 2010 Federal Council election took place on September 22nd, but Keller-Sutter was not elected. In the parliamentary elections on October 23, 2011 , she was elected unanimously to the Council of States with 64.56 percent of the vote in the first ballot and its President on November 28, 2017. From 2018 until her election to the Federal Council, she was also President of the EU-EFTA delegation.

On December 5, 2018, Keller-Sutter was elected in the first ballot to succeed Johann Schneider-Ammann in the Federal Council. On December 10, 2018, the Federal Council announced that Keller-Sutter would head the Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP) from January 1, 2019 .



Web links

Commons : Karin Keller-Sutter  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Karin Maria Keller-Sutter. In: Moneyhouse . Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  2. Daniel Ryser , Andreas Fagetti: Karin Keller-Sutter: "That would be the jungle." In: WOZ The weekly newspaper . April 22, 2010.
  3. ^ Results of the elections to the Council of States of October 23, 2011 ( Memento of October 25, 2011 in the Internet Archive ). In: Website of the Canton of St. Gallen, accessed on October 25, 2011.
  4. De Buman and Keller-Sutter at the head of the federal councilors. In: Neue Zürcher Zeitung. November 27, 2018.
  5. Swiss exports are growing strongly, also to the EU. In: Website of the FDP. The Liberals, February 9, 2018 (media release).
  6. Replacement elections to the Federal Council - the results at a glance. December 5, 2018, accessed December 5, 2018 .
  7. ^ New offices - surprisingly large departmental castling in the Federal Council. December 10, 2018, accessed December 10, 2018 .
predecessor Office successor
Johann Schneider-Ammann Member of the Swiss Federal Council