Rodolphe Rubattel

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Rodolphe Rubattel

Rodolphe Rubattel (born September 4, 1896 in Villarzel , † October 18, 1961 in Pully , entitled to live in Villarzel) was a Swiss politician ( FDP ). As Federal Councilor he was Minister of Economic Affairs and once held the office of Federal President .


Rodolphe Rubattel (ca.1930)

The son of the politician Ernest Rubattel studied law at the University of Lausanne from 1915 to 1919 and received his doctorate in 1921. From 1920 Rubattel worked as a journalist. From 1932 he was Vice President of the Vaudois Liberal Party and from 1933 to 1939 Vaudois Grand Council. From 1939 to 1944 he headed the canton hospital. From 1945 to 1947 he was a member of the government, from April 9 to December 1946 he was President of the Canton of Vaud .

Rodolphe Rubattel was elected to the Federal Council on December 11, 1947 . On December 31, 1954, he handed over his post after he had announced his resignation on November 1 for health reasons. During his tenure, he headed the Department of Economics .

He was Federal President in 1954 and Vice President in 1953.

Against his will, the rubat plate , a type of wine , was named after him.

Election results in the Federal Assembly

  • 1947: Election to the Federal Council with 138 votes (absolute majority: 116 votes)
  • 1951: Re-election as Federal Council with 191 votes (absolute majority: 99 votes)
  • 1952: Elected Vice President of the Federal Council with 183 votes (absolute majority: 99 votes)
  • 1953: Election to the Federal President with 185 votes (absolute majority: 95 votes)


  • Contribution à l'étude de la réglementation du travail agricole , Thèse droit Lausanne, 1921, 95 pp.
  • with Jules Laurent : Tu seras citoyen: manuel d'éducation civique , Lausanne 1933, 131 pp.


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predecessor Office successor
Walther Stampfli Member of the Swiss Federal Council
Paul Chaudet