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Head of the department

Federal Councillor Viola Amherd
Head of the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport DDPS

Federal Councillor Viola Amherd

Personal data

  • Date of birth: 7 June 1962
  • Marital status: single
  • Place of residence: Brig-Glis (Canton of Valais)
  • Places of civil origin: Brig-Glis, Naters (Mund), Zwischbergen

Profession

  • 1991–2018: Own practice as lawyer and notary, office in Brig-Glis
  • 1994–2006: Part-time judge in the Federal Personnel Appeals Commission (now Federal Administrative Court)

Education

  • 1991: Admission as lawyer in the Canton of Valais
  • 1990: Admission as a notary in the Canton of Valais
  • 1987: Law degree from the University of Fribourg
  • 1982–1987: Law studies at the University of Fribourg
  • 1982: Baccalaureate Type B
  • 1978–1982: Spiritus Sanctus Baccalaureate School in Brig
  • 1976–1978: Secondary school in Brig-Glis
  • 1969–1976: Primary school in Brig-Glis

Political activities

  • Since 2019: Head of the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport DDPS
  • 5 December 2018: Election to the Federal Council
  • 2005–2018: Member of the Swiss National Council
    Vice president of the CVP parliamentary group
    Member of the CVP Upper Valais board
  • 2000–2012: President of the commune of Brig-Glis
  • 1996–2000: Vice president of the commune of Brig-Glis
  • 1992–1996: Member of the communal council of Brig-Glis

Hobbies

  • Outdoor sports, skiing, hiking, reading