Hanna Suchocka is a former Prime Minister of Poland, between 1992-1993. She was Poland’s first female Prime Minister.
Mrs. Suchocka entered politics in 1980 when she joined Solidarity and became a legal adviser to the Solidarity trade union. In 1980 she also joined the Sejm (Parliament) as a member of the Democratic Party, which was then affiliated with the Communist Party. In 1981, she opposed the imposition of martial law and in 1984, after voting against a law banning Solidarity, she was expelled from the Democratic Party. Following the fall of communism, she was elected again to Parliament in 1989 and 1991. In 1992, Mrs. Suchocka was elected Poland’s first female Prime Minister, serving until 1993. During her 15-months in office she helped guide post-Communist Poland towards democracy and a successful free-enterprise economy. While in Parliament, she was Member of the Committee for Foreign Affairs and the Constitutional Committee of the National Assembly (1991-1997), Member of the Polish Delegation for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe 1991-1992 and 1994-1997, and Member of the Venice Commission «Democracy through Law» 1990-present. She was re-elected Member of the Parliament of Poland and Union for Freedom Parliamentary Caucus in 1997. In 1997, she was also named Minister of Justice and Attorney General.
Hanna Suchocka holds a Masters in Constitutional Law from the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznan (1968), and PhD in Law (1975), and has been Lecturer in Law at the University of Poznan and at the Catholic University of Lublin. Mrs. Suckocka is currently Ambassador of Poland to the Holy See. In 1995 Hanna Suchocka was Member of the Board of Governors of the European Cultural Foundation in Amsterdam and from 1996 to 1997 she was Chair of the Polish-Ukrainian Forum. She is also a member of the Council of Women World Leaders.