Member of the Riksdag
30 September 1991 – 25 April 2015
|Father of the House|
1 January 2015 – 25 April 2015
|Preceded by||Per Westerberg|
|Succeeded by||Krister Örnfjäder|
|Born||27 January 1959|
|Political party||Christian Democrat|
|Part of |
Bo Göran Hägglund (born 27 January 1959) is a
Early life and political career
Hägglund's parents are originally from Finland: they moved to Sweden in the 1950s. He was born in Degerfors in central Sweden, but moved to Jönköping, a Christian Democratic stronghold, with his family in 1978.
He started his political career in the Christian Democratic youth organisation. From 1978 he was employed by the party, first as ombudsman for the local Christian Democratic Youth, and from 1981 for the regional party branch. From 1982 to 1986 he was also a member of the Municipal Council in Jönköping.
Following the 1985 elections, he began work as parliamentary secretary for the Christian Democrats. He temporarily left politics in 1988, to start working for an insurance company. In the parliamentary elections of 1991 he was elected a Member of Parliament.
Hägglund became the Riksdag's Father of the House on 1 January 2015, being the eldest among those first elected in 1991.
Hägglund was generally considered to be long-time party leader Alf Svensson's personal favourite as a successor. However, when Svensson announced his plans to step down, two other candidates, Maria Larsson and Mats Odell, had the support of a greater number of regional party organisations. Not even Hägglund's own Jönköping district stood behind him. Eventually, however, all Hägglund's possible contenders withdrew from the race, and his election as party leader on 3 April 2004 was unanimous.
Prior to the
In the autumn of 2011 he was challenged for the post of party leader by colleague Mats Odell. In an extra congress held on 28 January 2012, Odell's challenge failed and Hägglund retained the party leadership.
During a party rally in Gothenburg in 2014, Hägglund was hit with a pie by an LGBT rights activist.
On 29 January 2015, Hägglund announced that he would step down as
Minister for Social Affairs
Hägglund was appointed Minister for Social Affairs on 6 October 2006 by Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt.
As minister, Hägglund enforced several reforms including the
Hägglund grew up in the
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