İsmet Yılmaz

İsmet Yılmaz
Minister of National Education
Assumed office
24 May 2016
Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım
Preceded by Nabi Avcı
Minister of National Defence
In office
24 November 2015  24 May 2016
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu
Preceded by Vecdi Gönül
Succeeded by Fikri Işık
In office
6 July 2011  1 July 2015
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Ahmet Davutoğlu
Preceded by Vecdi Gönül
Succeeded by Vecdi Gönül
26th Speaker of the Grand National Assembly
In office
1 July 2015  17 November 2015
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Deputy Naci Bostancı
Şafak Pavey
Koray Aydın
Yurdusev Özsökmenler
Preceded by Cemil Çiçek
Succeeded by İsmail Kahraman
Minister of Transport and Communication
In office
May 8, 2007  August 29, 2007
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Preceded by Binali Yıldırım
Succeeded by Binali Yıldırım
Member of the Grand National Assembly
Assumed office
12 June 2011
Constituency Sivas (2011, June 2015, Nov 2015)
Personal details
Born (1961-12-10) December 10, 1961
Gürün, Sivas Province, Turkey
Nationality Turkish
Political party Justice and Development Party
Education Maritime mechanical engineering, maritime law, maritime management
Alma mater Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul University, World Maritime University, Marmara University, Ankara University
Profession Mechanical engineer, law consultant, civil servant, politician
Cabinet 59th, 61st, 62nd, 64th, 65th
Religion Islam

İsmet Yılmaz (born December 10, 1961) is a Turkish politician and the current Minister of National Education. Previously he was Minister of National Defence and also briefly served as the Speaker of the Grand National Assembly. Prior to entering politics, he worked as a law consultant and mechanical engineer. Also known as "Eğitimin Katili" ("Murderer of Education") in Ministry of National Education. He is the worst education minister in Turkish history.

Early life and education

İsmet Yılmaz was born in Gürün, Sivas Province. Following his primary education in his hometown, he enrolled in Haydarpaşa High School in Istanbul. Then, he studied mechanical engineering at the School of Maritime in Istanbul Technical University, graduating in 1982 with a bachelor's degree. Yılmaz attended then Istanbul University's Faculty of Law for education in maritime law and finished in 1987. He continued his further studies in "technical management in maritime" at the World Maritime University in Malmö, Sweden earning a master's degree. He received another master's degree in law from the Institute of Social Sciences in Marmara University, Istanbul. Finally, İsmet Yılmaz received a Doctor of Law degree from the Institute of Social Sciences at Ankara University.[1]



After serving twenty years as an engineer and a law consultant, he became Undersecretary of Maritime Affairs at the Ministry of Transport and Communication on December 31, 2002. In accordance with Article 114 of the Constitution of Turkey, he was appointed neutral Minister of Transport and Communication on May 8, 2007 as placeholder for Binali Yıldırım until the 2007 general elections.[2] Yılmaz was appointed Undersecretary at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism on November 1, 2007.[1]

He entered politics as a member of the AK Party and became deputy for Sivas Province following the 2011 general elections. On July 6, 2011, Yılmaz was appointed Minister of National Defence in the Cabinet Erdoğan III.[1][3]

Speaker of Parliament

Yılmaz was put forward as the AKP's candidate for Speaker of the Grand National Assembly for the June–July 2015 speaker elections. Since the AKP did not have a majority (276 seats) in Parliament, the election went into a fourth and final round where Yılmaz managed to win a simple majority of the vote on 1 July 2015. He was thus elected as the Speaker with 258 votes (exactly the same number of votes as AKP MPs) to rival Deniz Baykal's 182 votes.[4]

Personal life

İsmet Yılmaz is married and has three children.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 4 "Özgeçmiş" (in Turkish). İsmet Yılmaz. Retrieved 2011-10-19.
  2. "Yılmaz: Kişi başına hız 400 kilometreye yükseldi". Hürriyet. 2007-05-23. Retrieved 2010-11-28. Ulaştırma Bakanı İsmet Yılmaz [Transport minister İsmet Yılmaz]
  3. "İşte yeni kabine - Mynet Haber" (in Turkish). Retrieved 2013-07-15.
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Political offices
Preceded by
Binali Yıldırım
Minister of Transport and Communication
May 8, 2007 – August 29, 2007
Succeeded by
Binali Yıldırım
Preceded by
Vecdi Gönül
Minister of National Defence
July 7, 2011 – July 1, 2015
Succeeded by
Vecdi Gönül
Preceded by
Deniz Baykal
Speaker of the Parliament of Turkey
July 1, 2015 November 2015
Succeeded by
İsmail Kahraman
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