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Andrzej Duda

Andrzej Duda
6th President of Poland
Assumed office
6 August 2015
Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz
Beata Szydło (Designate)
Preceded by Bronisław Komorowski
Member of the European Parliament
In office
1 July 2014 – 25 May 2015
Deputy Minister of Justice
In office
1 August 2006 – 15 November 2007
Prime Minister Jarosław Kaczyński
Personal details
Born Andrzej Sebastian Duda
(1972-05-16) 16 May 1972
Krakow, Poland
Political party Freedom Union (2000–2001)
Law and Justice (2005–2015)
Independent (2015–present)
Spouse(s) Agata Kornhauser (m. 1994)
Children Kinga
Residence Belweder
Alma mater Jagiellonian University
Religion Roman Catholicism
Awards Order of the White Eagle (Poland) Order of Polonia Restituta Order of Merit (Portugal)
Website Official website

Andrzej Sebastian Duda (Polish pronunciation: ; born 16 May 1972) is a Polish lawyer and politician, since 2015 serving as the sixth President of Poland.[1] Before the 2015 elections, he was a lawyer and a Member of the European Parliament.[2]

The candidate of the Law and Justice party for the office of President of Poland in the 2015 Polish presidential elections, he won the presidential run-off held on 24 May 2015 against incumbent Bronisław Komorowski.


  • Early life 1
  • Political career 2
    • Presidency (2015–present) 2.1
  • Honours 3
  • References 4

Early life

Duda was born in Kraków, the son of Janina Milewska and Jan Tadeusz Duda, professors at AGH University. His grandfather fought in the Polish-Soviet war and later as part of the Home Army.[3]

He attended Jan III Sobieski High School, Kraków,[4] where his wife, Agata Kornhauser-Duda, now teaches German.[5] They met at a party while still attending rival schools[3] and have been married since 21 December 1994.[6] Together they have one daughter, Kinga, born in 1995, now also studying law.[7] His father-in-law is Julian Kornhauser, a well-known writer, translator and literary critic.[8]

He studied law at the Jagiellonian University. In October 2001 he was appointed as an assistant professor in Administrative Law Department of Jagiellonian University, and in January 2005 obtained a PhD degree in law there. Due to his political career, he has been mostly on unpaid leave since September 2006, except for a 13-month interval beginning in September 2010, when he returned to the university.[9]

He is a keen skier and while studying participated in the Polish Academic Championships in the Alpine skiing category.[3]

Political career

Duda began his political career with the now-defunct Freedom Union Party in the early 2000s, but after the parliamentary elections in 2005, began his collaboration with the Law and Justice Party (PIS).[10] From 2006 to 2007 he was an undersecretary of state in the Ministry of Justice. From 2007 to 2008 he was a member of the Polish State Tribunal. From 2008 to 2010 he was an undersecretary of state in the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland during the presidency of Lech Kaczyński.[11] In 2010, he was an unsuccessful candidate to become the Mayor of Kraków as a PiS candidate,[12] but was more successful in the 2011 parliamentary election, where he received 79,981 votes for the Kraków area, and thus became an envoy to the Sejm.[13]

In September 2013, the paper Polityka commended him for being one of the most active MPs at the time, describing him as being open to opposition arguments and as refraining from personal attacks, as part of his role at the Commission for Constitutional Responsibility.[14] However, he did not sit out the term, becoming elected in 2014 as a member of the European Parliament.[15]

In the first round of the 2015 presidential election, he came first, receiving 5,179,092 votes and thus 34.76% of valid votes.[16] In the second round he took 51.55% of the vote against the 48.45% share of his rival, incumbent president Bronisław Komorowski.[17] On 26 May 2015, he officially resigned from party membership.[18]

Presidency (2015–present)

Duda rejected the European Union's proposal of compulsory migrant quotas, saying: "I won’t agree to a dictate of the strong. I won’t back a Europe where the economic advantage of the size of a population will be a reason to force solutions on other countries regardless of their national interests".[19]



  1. ^ "Andrzej Duda Elected Poland's New President, Incumbent Bronislaw Komorowski Concedes Defeat". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 25 May 2015. 
  2. ^ Mularczyk, Arkadiusz. "Lista kandydatów na zastępców przewodniczącego i członków Trybunału Stanu" (PDF). Sejm of the Republic of Poland (in Polski). Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "Duda story - historia miłości, podboju gór i niespodziewanego wejścia w politykę". 14 February 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "Rodzina Dudów: nowy prezydent jest zapalonym narciarzem i molem książkowym. Jego żona to wymagająca nauczycielka". TVP. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "Teachers". 
  6. ^ Wantuch, Dominika (25 May 2015). "Agata Kornhauser-Duda. Pierwsza Dama w stylu zachodnim". Gazeta Wyborcza. Retrieved 28 May 2015. 
  7. ^ ""Pierwsza córka" Kinga. W kampanii u boku ojca, chwaliła "energię, uczciwość i dobre serce"". TVN 24. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  8. ^ Marek Bartosik, Andrzej Duda: spóźniony pociąg do polityki Gazeta Krakowska 2010-11-19 (Polish)
  9. ^ "Andrzej Duda od blisko 9 lat jest na urlopie bezpłatnym z UJ". RMF FM. 18 May 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  10. ^ Michał Krzymowski, Anna Szulc (14 March 2015). "Andrzej Duda był działaczem Unii Wolności". Retrieved 2015-03-14. 
  11. ^ "Andrzej Duda". 
  12. ^ "Serwis PKW – Wybory 2010". Retrieved 2010-11-24. 
  13. ^ "Serwis PKW – Wybory 2011". Retrieved 2011-10-28. 
  14. ^ Paradowska, Janina; Dąbrowska, Anna (26 September 2013). "Posłowie na medal i posłowie z naganą". Polityka. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  15. ^ "Serwis PKW – Wybory 2014". Retrieved 2014-05-27. 
  16. ^ "Obwieszczenie Państwowej Komisji Wyborczej z dnia 11 maja 2015 r. o wynikach głosowania i wyniku wyborów Prezydenta Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej, zarządzonych na dzień 10 maja 2015 r." (PDF). Retrieved 2015-05-12. 
  17. ^ "PKW -". 
  18. ^ "Andrzej Duda już poza PiS. Zrzekł się członkostwa". Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  19. ^ "Poland's Duda Blasts EU `Dictate of the Strong' on Migrants". Bloomberg. 8 September 2015.
  20. ^ "Chancelaria das Ordens Honoríficas Portuguesas" (PDF) (in Português). Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Bronisław Komorowski
President of Poland
Order of precedence
First Order of Precedence of Poland
as President
Succeeded by
Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska
as Marshal of the Sejm
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