Algirdas Butkevičius

Algirdas Butkevičius
12th Prime Minister of Lithuania
In office
13 November 2012  22 November 2016
President Dalia Grybauskaitė
Preceded by Andrius Kubilius
Succeeded by Saulius Skvernelis
Leader of the Social Democratic Party
Assumed office
7 March 2009
Preceded by Gediminas Kirkilas
Minister of Finance
In office
3 May 2004  14 May 2005
Prime Minister Algirdas Brazauskas
Preceded by Dalia Grybauskaitė
Succeeded by Zigmantas Balčytis
Minister of Transport and Communications
In office
18 July 2006  9 December 2008
Prime Minister Gediminas Kirkilas
Preceded by Petras Čėsna
Succeeded by Eligijus Masiulis
Personal details
Born (1958-11-19) 19 November 1958
Paežeriai, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
Political party Social Democratic Party
Alma mater Vilnius Gediminas Technical University
Kazimieras Simonavičius University
Kaunas University of Technology

Algirdas Butkevičius (born 19 November 1958) is Prime Minister of Lithuania since December 2012. He was Minister of Finance from 2004 to 2005 and Minister of Transport and Communications from 2006 to 2008. He has led the Social Democratic Party of Lithuania since 2009.

Political career

Butkevičius was born at Paežeriai village in Radviliškis district municipality. Since 1992 he is member of the Social Democratic Party of Lithuania (LSDP). He was Chairman of Vilkaviškis Department of the LSDP in 1995–1997, Deputy Chairman of the LSDP in 1999–2005 (re-elected in 2001), and Chairman of the LSDP since 2009.[1]

In 1996 and 2000, he was elected to the Seimas (parliament). From 2004 to 2005 he served as Minister of Finance and from 2006 to 2008 as Minister of Transport and Communications.[2]

Butkevičius was the LSDP candidate in the 2009 presidential election, placing second with 11.83% of the votes.[3] As of 2010, he is the chairman of the LSDP.[4]

During the 2012 parliamentary election, Butkevičius was among the few candidates who were elected in the first round of the popular vote.

On 22 November 2012 he was elected by the Seimas to be Prime Minister-designate. He was appointed as Prime Minister by presidential decree on 7 December 2012[1] and his cabinet was sworn on 13 December, following the approval of the governmental program by Parliament.[5]

Education and career timeline

Personal life

In addition to his native Lithuanian, he speaks fluent Russian and some English. His wife is Janina, and they have one daughter, Indrė.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 Prime Minister biography at the government website (retrieved 13 December 2012)
  2. "Algirdas Butkevicius". PES. Retrieved 4 July 2010.
  3. "The Central Electoral Commission of the Republic of Lithuania". The Central Electoral Commission of the Republic of Lithuania. Retrieved 3 July 2010.
  4. "Lithuanians called to the polls to elect new president". Top News. Retrieved 4 July 2010.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dalia Grybauskaitė
Minister of Finance
Succeeded by
Zigmantas Balčytis
Preceded by
Andrius Kubilius
Prime Minister of Lithuania
Succeeded by
Saulius Skvernelis
Party political offices
Preceded by
Gediminas Kirkilas
Leader of the Social Democratic Party
Preceded by
Česlovas Juršėnas
Social Democratic Party nominee for President of Lithuania
Succeeded by
Zigmantas Balčytis
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