Martin Baxa

Czech politician
Martin Baxa
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Minister of Culture
Incumbent
Assumed office
17 December 2021
Prime MinisterPetr Fiala
Preceded byLubomír Zaorálek
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
Incumbent
Assumed office
21 October 2017
Mayor of Plzeň
Incumbent
Assumed office
15 November 2018
Preceded byMartin Zrzavecký
In office
25 November 2010 – 6 November 2014
Preceded byPavel Rödl
Succeeded byMartin Zrzavecký
Personal details
Born (1975-09-16) 16 September 1975 (age 47)
Plzeň, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic)
Political partyODS
SpouseSimona Klečková
Alma materMasaryk University

Martin Baxa (born 16 September 1975) is a Czech politician who has served as the Czech Minister of Culture in Petr Fiala's Cabinet since December 2021. He has been a member of the Chamber of Deputies (MP) for the Civic Democratic Party (ODS) since October 2017. He previously served as Mayor of Plzeň from 2010 to 2014, and returned to the position in November 2018.

Early life

Baxa was born in Plzeň in 1975. He studied at a local grammar school and then Masaryk University from 1994 to 1999.[1] He subsequently became a teacher at a grammar School in Plzeň.[2]

Political career

Baxa became a member of the Plzeň Municipal Assembly in 2002. From 2004 to 2008 he was a member of the Regional Council.[1]

Baxa led ODS during municipal elections in Plzeň in 2010, the only regional city where the party won that year.[3] Baxa subsequently became the Mayor of Plzeň, the youngest in the city's history.[4] Baxa led ODS again in the 2014 municipal election, in which ODS were expected to lose heavily but eventually finished narrowly behind ANO 2011.[5] After ODS formed a coalition with the Czech Social Democratic Party, Christian and Democratic Union – Czechoslovak People's Party and Citizens Patriots, Baxa switched roles with his 1. Deputy Mayor Martin Zrzavecký who became the new mayor.[6]

Baxa led ODS during the regional elections in Plzeň in 2016, with the party finishing third and becoming part of the regional government. Baxa himself received the highest number of preferential votes.[7][8][9]

Baxa stood for parliament in the 2017 legislative elections and became a member of the Chamber of Deputies.[10] On 13 January 2018, he was elected Deputy Chairman of ODS.[11]

On 17 December 2021, Baxa was sworn in as Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic in Petr Fiala's Cabinet.

Personal life

Baxa married his long-term partner Simona Klečková on 2 August 2015.[12]

References

  1. ^ a b "Mgr. Martin Baxa - životopis - Naši Politici". www.nasipolitici.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Plzeň už vede učitel Martin Baxa". Plzeňský deník (in Czech). 25 November 2010. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Jiná cesta než koalice s ČSSD nebyla". www.cevro.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Plzeň povede Martin Baxa z ODS, nejmladší primátor v dějinách města". iDNES.cz. 25 November 2010. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Volby v Plzni těsně vyhrálo hnutí ANO, překvapením je úspěch ODS". iDNES.cz. 11 October 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Osmým porevolučním primátorem města Plzeň se stal sociální demokrat Martin Zrzavecký". www.regionpodlupou.cz. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Potvrzeno. Na hejtmanství nastupuje nová vláda čtyř stran bez hnutí ANO". iDNES.cz. 11 October 2016. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Volby v Plzeňském kraji vyhrálo hnutí ANO, nadmíru spokojená je i ODS". iDNES.cz. 8 October 2016. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  9. ^ "Martin Baxa: ODS bude jednat jen se zkušenými stranami". Plzeňský deník (in Czech). 10 October 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  10. ^ "Jen ANO a ODS si ze stávajících stran polepšily, ostatní jsou na tom hůř". Plzeň.cz (in Czech). 22 October 2017. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  11. ^ "Fiala na kongresu ODS obhájil mandát, nováčkem ve vedení je Baxa". www.ceskenoviny.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  12. ^ "Ženich Baxa zvládl i práci se sekyrou". Plzeňský deník (in Czech). 2 August 2015. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
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