Toni Brunner

Toni Brunner
Chairman of the Swiss People's Party
In office
March 1, 2008  April 23, 2016
Preceded by Ueli Maurer
Succeeded by Albert Rösti
Personal details
Born Anton Brunner
(1974-08-23) 23 August 1974
Wattwil, St. Gallen
Political party Swiss People's Party

Anton "Toni" Brunner (born 23 August 1974) is a Swiss farmer, national chairman of the Swiss People's Party and a member of the Swiss National Council.


Born in Wattwil (St. Gallen), Brunner was first elected to the federal parliament in 1995 at the age of 21, as the youngest member ever.[1] In addition to working on his farm, he operated an internet radio station aimed at farmers, and chaired the St. Gallen section of his party.

On 1 March 2008, Brunner succeeded Ueli Maurer as chairman of the national party.[1] Brunner is close to the party's figurehead, Christoph Blocher, who serves as one of several vice chairmen.[1]

In January 2016, soon after the 2015 federal election, where the Swiss People's Party received record gains, Brunner announced that he would step down as the president of the SVP in April.[2][3] He was succeeded by Albert Rösti on April 23, 2016.[4][5]

Brunner is a member of a Campaign for an Independent and Neutral Switzerland.[6]


  1. 1 2 3 "People's Party elects new leader". Swissinfo. March 1, 2008.
  2. "Head of Switzerland's largest party to step down - Yahoo News". 2016-01-09. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  3. "«Wir haben Themen aufgegriffen, die die Leute beschäftigen»". Tages-Anzeiger. January 9, 2016. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  4. "Albert Rösti Übernimmt in «Zeiten des Erfolgs»". Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen. April 23, 2016. Retrieved April 26, 2016.
  5. Jürgensen, Nadine (April 24, 2016). "Einer, Der es Taktvoll Mag". Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Retrieved April 26, 2016.
  6. ASIN Bulletin, Élections fédérales 2015: 43 membres de l'ASIN à Berne, n°178, december 2015, p.3

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