Sixteenth Lok Sabha
Members Bioprofile
Swaraj, Smt. Sushma
Constituency   : Vidisha (Madhya Pradesh)
Party Name     : Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP)
Email Address : sushmaswaraj[AT]hotmail[DOT]com

Father's Name Shri Hardev Sharma
Mother's Name Smt. Laxmi Devi
Date of Birth 14 Feb 1952
Place of Birth Ambala Cantt. (Haryana)
Marital Status Married
Date of Marriage 13 Jul 1975
Spouse's Name Shri Swaraj Kaushal
No.of Daughters 1
B.A., LL.B.
Educated at S.D. College, Ambala Cantt. (Haryana) and Law Deptt. Punjab University, Chandigarh
Profession Advocate
Permanent Address
C-7, Civil Lines,
Prof. Colony,
Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
Tel : (0755) 2661006, 09424488888 (M)
Present Address
8, Safdarjung Lane,
New Delhi - 110 011
Tels : (011) 23794344, 23794044
09868181930 (M)
Positions Held
1977-82 and 1987-90 Member, Haryana Legislative Assembly (two terms)
1977-79 Cabinet Minister, Labour and Employment, Govt. of Haryana
1987-90 Cabinet Minister, Education, Food and Civil Supplies, Govt. of Haryana
1990 Elected to Rajya Sabha
1992-94 Chairperson, Joint Committee on Catering
Member, Committee on Government Assurances, Rajya Sabha
1994-96 Chairperson, Committee on Petitions, Rajya Sabha
1996 Elected to 11th Lok Sabha
16 May-1 Jun. 1996 Union Cabinet Minister, Information and Broadcasting
1996-98 Member, Standing Committee on Defence
Chairperson, Sub-Committee on Upgradation and Modernisation of Naval Fleet
Member, Committee of Privileges
1998 Re-elected to 12th Lok Sabha (2nd term)
19 Mar.-12 Oct. 1998 Union Cabinet Minister, Information and Broadcasting; and Telecommunications (Additional Charge)
13 Oct.- 3 Dec. 1998 Chief Minister, N.C.T. of Delhi
Apr. 2000 Re-elected to Rajya Sabha (2nd term)
30 Sep. 2000 - 29 Jan. 2003 Union Cabinet Minister, Information and Broadcasting
29 Jan. 2003 - 22 May 2004 Union Cabinet Minister, Health and Family Welfare and Parliamentary Affairs
Aug. 2004 - 2009 Chairperson, Standing Committee on Home Affairs
Member, Business Advisory Committee, Rajya Sabha
Member, General Purposes Committee, Rajya Sabha
Sep. 2004 - 2009 Member, Ethics Committee, Rajya Sabha
Oct. 2004 - 2009 Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Defence
Apr. 2006 Re-elected to Rajya Sabha (3rd term)
May 2006 - 2009 Member, Parliamentary Forum on Population and Public Health
May 2008 - 2009 Member, House Committee, Rajya Sabha
2009 Re-elected to 15th Lok Sabha (3rd term)
31 Aug. 2009 - 1 Jan. 2010 Chairperson, Standing Committee on External Affairs
23 Sep. 2009 Member, Rules Committee
7 Oct. 2009 Member, Committee on Ethics
19 Oct. 2009 Member, General Purpose Committee
21 Dec. 2009 Leader , BJP Parliamentary Party, Lok Sabha
Leader of Opposition, Lok Sabha
May, 2014 Re-elected to 16th Lok Sabha (4th term)
27 May 2014 - 16 Feb. 2016 Union Cabinet Minister, External Affairs and Overseas Indian Affairs
16 Feb. 2016 onwards Union Cabinet Minister, External Affairs

Literary, Artistic & Scientific Accomplishments
Associated with many social and cultural bodies in various capacities
Special Interests
Economy, defence and information
Favourite Pastime and Recreation
Hindi poetry, classical music, drama and fine arts
Countries Visited
Widely travelled (18 countries); Member, Indian Parliamentary Delegation to Inter-Parliamentary Union Conference, Brussels, Belgium and Geneva; participated in Commonwealth Parliamentary Association`s Conference, Fiji; attended (i) SAARC Telecommunication Minister`s Conference, Dhaka; (ii) SAARC I&B Minister`s Conference, Islamabad; and (iii) SAARC Telecommunications Ministers` Conference, Colombo
Other Information
Chairperson, Indo-Israel Parliamentary Friendship Group, July 2006-2009;Member, Samsad (Court) of Visva Bharati, August 2004-2009; Best speaker (i) Haryana State consecutively for three years; and (ii) Punjab University; Best Cadet of N.C.C., S.D. College, Ambala Cantt. for three years; Best student of S.D. College, Ambala Cantt. 1969-70; awarded Gold Medal; First woman Chief Minister of Delhi; Holds the distinction of being the youngest Cabinet Minister in Haryana; Her husband holds the distinction of being the youngest Governor in India; Adjudged as the `Distinguished Couple` in the Limca Book of Records

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