|Speaker of the Parliament of Finland|
23 June 2011
|Preceded by||Ben Zyskowicz|
|Deputy Prime Minister of Finland|
23 September 2005 – 19 April 2007
|Prime Minister||Matti Vanhanen|
|Preceded by||Antti Kalliomäki|
|Succeeded by||Jyrki Katainen|
|Leader of the Social Democratic Party|
10 June 2005 – 6 June 2008
|Preceded by||Paavo Lipponen|
|Succeeded by||Jutta Urpilainen|
4 July 1955 |
|Political party||Social Democratic Party|
Eero Olavi Heinäluoma (born 4 July 1955 in Kokkola) is the current Speaker of the Parliament of Finland. A former chairman of the Finnish Social Democratic Party, he was replaced in the party's leadership by Jutta Urpilainen in June 2008.
Heinäluoma held various posts in the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK) from 1983 to 2003. He was a director in SAK from 2000 to 2003. Heinäluoma was appointed as party secretary in 2002 and in the 2003 Parliamentary election, he was elected as a Member of Parliament from the Electoral District of Uusimaa. Ever since he took up the post of Party secretary he had, according to many, been groomed as Lipponen's heir.
As party chairman, Heinäluoma ordered a reshuffle of SDP cabinet ministers and assumed the position of Minister of Finance on 23 September 2005. In 2007 elections, the party led by Heinäluoma suffered a significant loss, losing 15% of their seats in the parliament, and having the worst result since 1962. The loss led to the resignation of Heinäluoma as the party chairman.
Heinäluoma was elected as the chairman of the Social Democratic parliamentary group in February 2010 and served in that position until becoming Speaker in June 2011.1
Heinäluoma has studied political sciences, but has not finished his degree.2
- Official Website (Finnish)
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