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List of members of the Swiss Federal Council
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List of members of the Swiss Federal Council

The table below shows the members of the Swiss Federal Council or Federal Councilors (in German: Bundesräte, in French: conseillers fédéraux, in Italian: consiglieri federali) for any given year since instauration of the federal council (in German: Bundesrat, in French: conseil fédéral, in Italian: consiglio federale) from 1848 to present. If you are only interested in a chronological list of the members, you can view the page without the html-tags of the source.

Table of contents
1 Table
2 Statistics/trivia

Table

Decade First day in office1 Federal councilors

1848  16 November 1848
Ulrich Ochsenbein2 Jonas Furrer Martin Josef Munzinger Daniel Henri Druey Friedrich Frey-Herosé Wilhelm Matthias Näff Stefano Franscini

1850s  

31 December 1854 Jakob Stämpfli

11 July 1855 3 Constant Fornerod

14 July 1855 Melchior Josef Martin Knüsel

30 July 1857 Giovanni Battista Pioda

1860s  

30 July 1861

Jakob Dubs

31 December 1863 Karl Schenk

12 July 1864 Jean-Jacques Challet-Venel 2

31 December 1866 Emil Welti

31 October 1867 Victor Ruffy

1870s

 

1 February 1870 Paul Cérésole

28 May 1872 Johann Jakob Scherer

31 December 1872 Eugène Borel

31 December 1875 3 4 Joachim Heer Numa Droz Fridolin Anderwert Bernhard Hammer

31 December 1878 4 Simeon Bavier

1880s  

3 March 1881 3 Antoine Louis John Ruchonnet

10 April 1883 Adolf Deucher

13 December 1888 Wilhelm Friedrich Hertenstein

1890s  

31 December 1890 Emil Frey

31 December 1891 Josef Zemp

31 December 1892 Adrien Lachenal

14 December 1893 Eugène Ruffy

16 August 1895 Eduard Müller Walter Hauser

31 March 1897 Ernst Brenner

14 December 1899 Marc-Emile Ruchet

1900s 31 December 1899 Robert Comtesse

11 December 1902 Ludwig Forrer

17 June 1908

Josef Anton Schobinger

1910s  

4 April 1911 Arthur Hoffmann

14 December 1911 Giuseppe Motta

12 March 1912 Louis Perrier

17 July 1912 Edmund Schulthess Camille Decoppet

12 June 1913 Felix-Louis Calonder

26 June 1917 Gustave Ador

31 December 1917 Robert Haab

11 December 1919 Karl Scheurer

31 December 1919 Ernest Chuard Jean-Marie Musy

1920s  

12 February 1920 Heinrich Häberlin

31 December 1928 Marcel Pilet-Golaz

12 December 1929 Rudolf Minger Albert Meyer

1930s  

30 April 1934 Johannes Baumann Philipp Etter

15 April 1935 Hermann Obrecht

31 December 1938 Ernst Wetter

1940s  

22 February 1940 Enrico Celio

31 July 1940

10 December 1940 Eduard von Steiger Walter Stampfli

31 December 1940 Karl Kobelt

31 December 1943 Ernst Nobs

31 December 1944 Max Petitpierre

31 December 1947 Rodolphe Rubattel

1950s  

15 October 1950 Josef Escher

13 December 1951 Markus Feldmann

31 December 1951 Max Weber

9 December 1954 Thomas Holenstein

31 December 1954 Hans Streuli Paul Chaudet Giuseppe Lepori

11 December 1958 Friedrich Traugott Wahlen

1960s 31 December 1959 5 Willy Spühler Hans-Peter Tschudi Ludwig von Moos Jean Bourgknecht

30 June 1961 Hans Schaffner

30 September 1962 Roger Bonvin

31 December 1965 Rudolf Gnägi

31 December 1966 Nello Celio

1970s 31 December 1969 Ernst Brugger

31 January 1970 Pierre Graber

31 December 1971 Kurt Furgler

1 December 1973 Willy Ritschard

31 December 1973 Georges-André Chevallaz Hans Hürlimann

31 January 1978 Pierre Aubert Fritz Honegger

1980s 31 December 1979 Leon Schlumpf

31 December 1982 Rudolf Friedrich Alphons Egli

7 December 1983 Otto Stich

31 December 1983 Jean-Pascal Delamuraz

20 October 1984 Elisabeth Kopp

31 December 1986 Arnold Koller Flavio Cotti

31 December 1987 Adolf Ogi René Felber

12 January 1989 Kaspar Villiger

1990s 31 December 1989

31 March 1993 3 Ruth Dreifuss

31 October 1995 Moritz Leuenberger

30 March 1998 Pascal Couchepin

30 April 1999

Ruth Metzler-Arnold 2

Joseph Deiss

2000s  

31 December 2000 Samuel Schmid

31 December 2002 Micheline Calmy-Rey

31 December 20036

Christoph Blocher

Hans-Rudolf Merz

24 July

Notes:
1Members are elected by federal parliament for a four year term and traditionally re-elected. If the predecessor died in office, date of election, otherwise - if available - first day in office.
2Not reelected (
Jean-Jacques Challet-Venel, Ulrich Ochsenbein, Ruth Metzler-Arnold)
3The office was previously declined by the first person elected: 11.7.1855 Johann Stehlin (1803-1879) BS; 18.12.1875 Charles Estoppey (1820-1888) VD; 10.12.1875 Antoine Louis John Ruchonnet (1834-1893) VD, accepted later; 22.2.1881 Karl Hoffmann (1820-1895) SG; 03.03.1993 Francis Matthey (1942-2002) NE.
4Exceptionally low representation of the French and Italian speaking cantons, compared to the German speaking ones (1:6). In recent years, those are overrepresented 3:4 (proportional to their population).
5Since 1959: Magic formula (Zauberformel) of party composition (proportional to parties in federal parliament): FDP/PRD 2, CVP/PDC 2, SPS/PSS 2, SVP/UDC 1.
6Change to magic formula of party composition (again proportional to parties in federal parliament): FDP/PRD 2, SPS/PSS 2, SVP/UDC 2, CVP/PDC 1.

Statistics/trivia

Political party of the councilors

Parties Members1 Years in office 1
FDP/PRD (Freisinnige, parti radical)67
LPS/PLS1
CVP/PDC (formerly KVP)19
SVP/UDC9
SPS/PSS12

Years in office

31	Karl Schenk in 1895
29	Adolf Deucher in 1912
28	Giuseppe Motta in 1940
27	Wilhelm Matthias Näff in 1875
25	Emil Welti in 1891
	Eugène Ruffy in 1919
	Giovanni Battista Pioda in 1882
	Philipp Etter in 1959
24	Eduard Müller in 1919
22	Edmund Schulthess in 1935
	Robert Comtesse in 1922
20	Melchior Josef Martin Knüsel in 1875

1 Louis Perrier in 1913 Rudolf Friedrich in 1984 2 Gustave Ador in 1919 Jean Bourgknecht in 1962 Max Weber in 1954 Victor Ruffy in 1869 3 Eugène Borel in 1875 Joachim Heer in 1878 Josef Anton Schobinger in 1911 4 Alphons Egli in 1986 Elisabeth Kopp in 1989 Josef Escher in 1954 Ruth Metzler-Arnold in 2003 5 Ernst Wetter in 1943 Fridolin Anderwert in 1880 Fritz Honegger in 1982 Giuseppe Lepori in 1959 Hermann Obrecht in 1940 Paul Cérésole in 1875 René Felber in 1993 Thomas Holenstein in 1959

(w/o councilors currently in office)

Age when elected

72	Gustave Ador in 1917
65	Josef Escher in 1950
63	Louis Perrier in 1912
	Christoph Blocher in 2003
62	Ernest Chuard in 1919
61	Ernst Wetter in 1938
	Hans Streuli in 1953
	Pierre Graber in 1969
	Hans-Rudolf Merz in 2004
60	Fritz Honegger in 1977
	Johannes Baumann in 1934

31 Numa Droz in 1875 34 Jakob Stämpfli in 1854 35 Ruth Metzler-Arnold in 1999 36 Constant Fornerod in 1855 Eugène Borel in 1872 37 Ulrich Ochsenbein in 1848 38 Paul Cérésole in 1870 39 Eugène Ruffy in 1893 Jakob Dubs in 1861 Marcel Pilet-Golaz in 1928

Age when resigning/dying in office

81	Adolf Deucher in 1912
75	Robert Comtesse in 1922
74	Giovanni Battista Pioda in 1882
	Gustave Ador in 1919
	Josef Zemp in 1908
73	Wilhelm Matthias Näff in 1875
72	Karl Schenk in 1895
	Ludwig Forrer in 1917
71	Eduard Müller in 1919
	Ernest Chuard in 1928
	Simeon Bavier in 1896
70	Arthur Hoffmann in 1927
	Eduard von Steiger in 1951
	Pierre Graber in 1978
69	Giuseppe Motta in 1940
	Josef Escher in 1954
68	Albert Meyer in 1938
	Bernhard Hammer in 1890
	Georges-André Chevallaz in 1983
	Otto Stich in 1995
	Philipp Etter in 1959
	Willy Spühler in 1970
67	Edmund Schulthess in 1935
	Hans Streuli in 1959
66	Arnold Koller in 1999
	Emil Welti in 1891
	Ernst Wetter in 1943
	Friedrich Traugott Wahlen in 1965
	Heinrich Häberlin in 1934
	Johannes Baumann in 1940
	Roger Bonvin in 1973

39 Ruth Metzler-Arnold in 2004 40 Eugène Borel in 1875 43 Jakob Stämpfli in 1863 Paul Cérésole in 1875 Ulrich Ochsenbein in 1854 46 Victor Ruffy in 1869 48 Constant Fornerod in 1867 Numa Droz in 1892 50 Adrien Lachenal in 1899 Jakob Dubs in 1872

Years alive after resigning from office

36	Ulrich Ochsenbein, died in 1890
33	Max Petitpierre in 1994
32	Constant Fornerod in 1899
	Felix-Louis Calonder in 1952
30	Enrico Celio in 1980
	Paul Cérésole in 1905
29	Hans-Peter Tschudi	in 2002
25	Emil Frey in 1922
	Pierre Graber in 2003
22	Nello Celio in 1995

Age

95	Max Petitpierre in 1994 (born 1899)
94	Pierre Graber in 2003
90	Enrico Celio in 1980
88	Felix-Louis Calonder in 1952
	Hans-Peter Tschudi	in 2002
	Willy Spühler in 1990
87	Georges-André Chevallaz in	2002
86	Friedrich Traugott Wahlen in 1985
	Philipp Etter in 1977

See also: Politics of Switzerland - Presidents of the Swiss Confederation - Executive branch - Incumbents