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It often happens that when a politician is elected to the Riigikogu, he forgets his voters and their problems. In my opinion it is the duty a member of the Riigikogu to communicate actively with people also between elections and to help them resolve their problems. Our bills, interpellations and written questions should first of all be carried by their real needs and wishes. At the moment the centre Party is the largest opposition force in Estonia, and it is our duty to ensure that the government would not become too relaxed and forget to listen to the voice of the people.

Estonian Centre Party Faction
Foreign Affairs Committee
Electoral district: Pärnumaa

Kadri Simson


Pärnu County Electoral District

22 January 1977 Tartu, Estonia

Education: Tartu Secondary School No. 10 in 1995; University of Tartu, history (cum laude) 2000; University College London, MA in political sciences 2003

Career: Library of the University of Tartu, European Information Centre, Consultant 1998–1999; Tallinn City Council, Adviser 1999; Adviser to the Mayor of Tallinn 2001–2002; NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Research Assistant 2003; Estonian Centre Party, Secretary General 2003–2007; Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure 2016–2019

Party affiliation: Estonian Centre Party 1995–, Vice-Chairman

Membership in representative bodies: 11th–14th Riigikogu (Deputy Chairman of the National Defence Committee 2007–2009, Chair of faction 2009–2016, 2019–); Tallinn City Council 2005–2006, also elected in 2009; elected to Pärnu City Council in 2013 and 2017

Other activities: Estonian Atlantic Treaty Association and Amicitia, Alumni Association. Books “Iseseisvuspäeva sünd” (“Birth of the Independence Day”) 2000; “Noor mõte Eesti poliitikas” (“Young Ideas in the Estonian Politics”; one of the authors) 2002; “Rahvarinne 1988” (“Popular Front 1988”, one of the authors) 2008; articles in the Estonian press

Hobbies: books, theatre



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