Katalin Novák

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Katalin Novák
Katalin Novák in 2017 (cropped).jpg
Novák in 2017
President of Hungary
Assumed office
10 May 2022
Prime MinisterViktor Orbán
Preceded byJános Áder
Minister for Family Affairs
In office
1 October 2020 – 31 December 2021
Prime MinisterViktor Orbán
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byOffice abolished
Member of the National Assembly
In office
8 May 2018 – 1 May 2022
Personal details
Born
Katalin Éva Novák

(1977-09-06) 6 September 1977 (age 44)
Szeged, Hungary
Political partyFidesz
Spouse(s)István Attila Veres
Children3
Residence(s)Sándor Palace
Education

Katalin Éva Novák[1] (born 6 September 1977) is a Hungarian politician serving as the current president of Hungary, having been elected in the 2022 presidential election. Novák is the first woman to hold the presidency, as well as the youngest president in the history of Hungary, elected at the age of 44. A member of Fidesz, Novák has additionally served as member of the National Assembly from 2018 to 2022, and as Minister for Family Affairs in the fourth Orbán Government from 2020 until 2021.

Education[edit]

After completing her secondary education at the Ságvári Endre Secondary School at Szeged in 1996, Novák studied economics at the Corvinus University of Budapest and law at the University of Szeged. While a student, she additionally studied abroad at the Paris Nanterre University. In addition to Hungarian, Novák speaks French, English, and German.[2]

Career[edit]

Novák started work at the Foreign Ministry in 2001, specializing in European Union and European matters. In 2010 she became a ministerial advisor and in 2012 was appointed Head of Cabinet of the Ministry of Human Resources.[2]

In 2014 she became State Secretary for Family and Youth Affairs at the Ministry of Human Capacities, eventually becoming Minister of Family Affairs in October 2020, a position held until December 2021.

She served as Vice President of Fidesz between 2017 and 2021.[3]

On 21 December 2021, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced that Novák would be his nominee in the 2022 presidential election.[4] On 10 March 2022, she won gaining 137 out of 188 votes in the National Assembly.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Katalin Novák is married and has three children. Her husband is economist István Veres, director of the Financial Market and Foreign Exchange Market Directorate at the Hungarian National Bank (MNB).[6] She is a Reformed Christian.[7]

Honours and awards[edit]

Ribbon Name Year Notes
Order of Saint Stephen of Hungary - Ribbon bar Grand-Cross.svg Hungarian Order of Saint Stephen 2022 According to the Constitution of Hungary's CCII/2011 law the president of Hungary receives the Hungarian Order of Saint Stephen ex-officio.[8]
HUN Order of Merit of the Hungarian Rep (civ) 1class Collar BAR.svg Grand Cross with Chain of the Hungarian Order of Merit 2022 According to the Constitution of Hungary's CCII/2011 law the president of Hungary receives the Grand Cross with Chain of the Hungarian Order of Merit ex-officio.[8]
Legion of Honour - Knight (France).png Knight (Chevalier) of The National Order of the Legion of Honour 2019 -[9]
POL Order Zaslugi RP kl3 BAR.svg Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland -[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EMMI vezetők elérhetősége" (PDF). Magyarország Kormánya (in Hungarian). p. 8. Archived (PDF) from the original on 26 May 2021. Retrieved 20 March 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Biography" (PDF). Parliament. Archived (PDF) from the original on 30 September 2021. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  3. ^ Csuhaj, Ildikó (5 October 2021). "Novák Katalin bejelentette: Nem indul a Fidesz alelnöki posztjáért". ATV (in Hungarian). Archived from the original on 14 May 2022. Retrieved 10 March 2022.
  4. ^ Tóth-Szenesi, Attila (21 December 2021). "Novák Katalin lesz a Fidesz államfőjelöltje". Telex (in Hungarian). Archived from the original on 22 December 2021. Retrieved 21 December 2021.
  5. ^ "'Nejdůležitější jsou pro mě rodiny a děti.' Maďarsko má novou prezidentku Katalin Novákovou". iROZHLAS (in Czech). Archived from the original on 21 April 2022. Retrieved 10 March 2022.
  6. ^ "The President's husband – Hungary gets its first ever first gentleman". Telex.hu. 12 May 2022. Archived from the original on 12 May 2022. Retrieved 12 May 2022.
  7. ^ "Curriculum Vitae | Köztársaság".
  8. ^ a b Lajos, Csordás (8 May 2014). "A zöld szárú kereszt lovagjai". Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Une proche d'Orban reçoit la Légion d'honneur". Le Monde.fr (in French). 31 January 2019. Archived from the original on 7 February 2019. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  10. ^ "Nadanie orderów. - Prawo.pl". www.prawo.pl (in Polish). Archived from the original on 15 January 2020. Retrieved 7 March 2020.

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Office abolished
Preceded by President of Hungary
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