Andrzej Duda

President of the Republic of Poland

I was born on 16 May 1972 in Kraków.

In 1984 I joined the 5th Kraków Scouting Troop “Piorun” named after the Legionaries of 1914. After a few years’ time, I became its scoutmaster. I concluded my adventure with scouting in 1990.

In 1987-1991, I attended a course in general education with extended curriculum in humanities in Jan III Sobieski High School in Kraków.

In 1991, I enrolled at the Department of Law and Administration of the Jagiellonian University. In February 1997, I defended my Master’s Thesis and started working as an academic teacher and scholar at the Chair of Administrative Proceedings, and as of 2001, the Chair of Administrative Law at the Jagiellonian University.

In January 2005, following the presentation of my dissertation “The Legal Interest in the Polish Administrative Law”, I earned a PhD in law.

In the spring of 2005, I set up my own law firm.

Following the parliamentary elections of 2005, I became a legislation expert for the Law and Justice Parliamentary Caucus.

On 1 August 2006, Prime Minister Jarosław Kaczyński appointed me Deputy Minister of Justice. I was recalled from the position on 15 November 2007, following my election as member of the Tribunal of State by the Sejm.

On 16 January 2008, President Lech Kaczyński appointed me Undersecretary of State in the Chancellery of the President. After Bronisław Komorowski was elected to the office of the President of Poland in July 2010, I tendered my resignation.

In 2010, I won a seat in the City Council of Kraków and additionally assumed the position of the chairman of the Club of Law and Justice City Councillors.

Following the parliamentary elections of 9 October 2011, running from the Law and Justice list in the Kraków constituency I was elected deputy to the Sejm with 79 981 votes. In the Sejm, I served as Deputy Chair of the Committee for Constitutional Liability.

On 27 November 2013, I assumed the position of a press spokesman for Law and Justice. I continued in this capacity until 9 January 2014, when the Political Committee of Law and Justice appointed me chief of campaign in the forthcoming elections to the European Parliament.

On 25 May 2014 I obtained an MEP mandate of with 97 996 votes.

In the first round of the elections to the office of the President of the Republic of Poland on 10 May 2015, I won 34, 76% of all valid votes. In the run-off on 24 May 2015, I was elected President of the Republic of Poland, having gained 51, 55% of the valid votes.

On 6 August 2015, having taken the oath of office before the National Assembly, I assumed the office of the President of the Republic of Poland.