Margus Tsahkna

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Margus Tsahkna
File:IRL Margus Tsahkna.jpg
Margus Tsahkna in 2011.
Minister of Social Protection
Assumed office
9 April 2015
Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas
Preceded by Helmen Kütt
Leader of the Union of Pro Patria and Res Publica
Assumed office
6 June 2015
Preceded by Urmas Reinsalu
Personal details
Born (1977-04-13) 13 April 1977 (age 40)
Tartu, Estonian SSR
Political party Pro Patria and Res Publica Union

Margus Tsahkna (born 13 April 1977) is an Estonian politician and a member of Riigikogu, the Estonian parliament. He is the incumbent Minister of Social Protection in Taavi Rõivas' second cabinet.[1] Tsahkna stands for the conservative "Pro Patria and Res Publica Union" party.[2]

Tsahkna was born in Tartu, Estonia. After graduating high school in Tartu in 1995, he studied theology at the University of Tartu, from 1996 to 2002 and international law, did not graduate at the University of Toronto, from 1999 to 2000.

In 2000, he joined the "Pro Patria" party. From 2001 to 2004 he was chairman of "Noor-Isamaa", the party's youth organisation. From 2001 to 2003 he was a member of Tartu city council. From 2003 to 2006 he was the party's political secretary. After the affiliation of the "Pro Patria" and "Res Publica" parties, to form the "Pro Patria ja Res Publica Liit" party, he was secretary general from 2007 to 2010, and political secretary from 2010 to 2013. In 2013 he became assistant chairman. He has been a member of the Estonian parliament since 2007 and chairman of the party's social committee since 2011.

In 2000, he founded the Christian Adolescent Home in Tartu.

He is a member of the General Johan Laidoner Society and of the Korp! Sakala student society.

In 2009, he won second place in the Estonian television singing competition Laulud tähtedega ("Singing with Stars"). He sang with Birgit Õigemeel, winner of the Eesti otsib superstaari.

In 2015 parliamentary election, Tsahkna was re-chosen to the parliament with 2,267 individual votes.[3] He was chosen the chairman of Union of Pro Patria and Res Publica on 6 June 2015.[4]

Tsahkna speaks Estonian, English and Russian. He is married and has two children.

References

  1. "New Estonian government assumes office". ERR. 9 April 2015. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  2. Kes, mis, kus - Page 456 Enno Tammer - 2007 "Poliitikute abielu lsamaaliidu poliitikasekretär Margus Tsahkna abiellus 4. augustil 2006 oma eluja erakonnakaaslase, Tallinna piirkonna juhatuse liikme Anna-Greta Gutmaniga."
  3. "Riigikogu valimised 2015: Detailne hääletamistulemus". Vabariigi Valimiskomisjon. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  4. "Tsahkna named IRL chairman, pledges to unite party". ERR. 24 June 2015. Retrieved 6 June 2015.