Katalin Novák

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Katalin Novák
Novák in 2023
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
Katalin Éva Novák

(1977-09-06) 6 September 1977 (age 46)
Szeged, Hungary
Political partyFidesz
SpouseIstván Attila Veres
ResidenceSándor Palace

Katalin Éva Veresné 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.


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, German,[2] and Spanish.[3]


Novák with President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro on 20 June 2022

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.[4]

On 21 December 2021, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced that Novák would be his nominee in the 2022 presidential election.[5] On 10 March 2022, she won gaining 137 out of 188 votes in the National Assembly.[6] Novák is the first woman to hold the office of president in its history.

As President[edit]

In April 2023, the National Assembly passed a bill enabling and encouraging citizens to report same-sex couples who raise children to the state authorities, such as police and child protection.[7] Novák vetoed the bill, and formally prevented it from becoming enacted into law.[8]

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).[9] She is a Reformed Christian.[10]

Honours and awards[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. ^ Horowitz, Jason; Povoledo, Elisabetta (28 April 2023). "Pope Returns to Hungary, to Delight of Viktor Orban". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 3 May 2023.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "'Nejdůležitější jsou pro mě rodiny a děti.' Maďarsko má novou prezidentku Katalin Novákovou". iROZHLAS (in Czech). 10 March 2022. Archived from the original on 21 April 2022. Retrieved 10 March 2022.
  7. ^ Gulyas, Veronika; Kasnyik, Marton (13 April 2023). "Hungary's New Law Lets Locals Report on Same-Sex Families". Bloomberg News.
  8. ^ Kijewski, Leonie (22 April 2023). "Hungarian president vetoes anti-LGBTQ law". Politico Europe.
  9. ^ "The President's husband – Hungary gets its first ever first gentleman". Telex. 12 May 2022. Archived from the original on 12 May 2022.
  10. ^ "Curriculum Vitae". Republic of Hungary. Retrieved 31 May 2022.
  11. ^ a b Lajos, Csordás (8 May 2014). "A zöld szárú kereszt lovagjai". Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  12. ^ Gauquelin, Blaise (31 January 2019). "Une proche d'Orban reçoit la Légion d'honneur" [Orban's friend receives the Legion of Honour]. Le Monde (in French). Archived from the original on 7 February 2019. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  13. ^ "Nadanie orderów" [Giving orders]. Prawo.pl (in Polish). 14 January 2020 [4 October 2019]. Archived from the original on 15 January 2020. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  14. ^ "President Novák meets Portuguese counterpart in Lisbon". About Hungary. 24 February 2023. Retrieved 14 March 2023.

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Office abolished
Preceded by President of Hungary