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Members of the Swiss Federal Council (1848-present)

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) by the 1848 federal constitution. If your only interested in a chronological list of the members, you can view the page without the html-tags of the source.

Decade First day in office1 Federal councilors
1848  16 November 1848
Ulrich Ochsenbein2 Jonas Furrer Martin J. Munzinger Daniel Henri Druey Friedrich Frey-Herosé Wilhelm Matthias Naeff 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-Venel2
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 Joseph 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 Joseph Deiss
2000s  
31 December 2000 Samuel Schmid
31 December 2002 Micheline Calmy-Rey
15 October 2003

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)
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.

Statistics/trivia

Political party of the councilors

Parties Members1 Years in office 1
FDP/PRD (Freisinnige, parti radical)66
LPS/PLS1
CVP/PDC (formerly KVP)19
SVP/UDC8
SPS/PSS12

Years in office

 31	Karl Schenk in 1895
 29	Adolf Deucher in 1912
 28	Giuseppe Motta in 1940
 27	Wilhelm Matthias Naeff 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
 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
 62	Ernest Chuard in 1919
 61	Ernst Wetter in 1938
 	Hans Streuli in 1953
 	Pierre Graber in 1969
 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
 	Joseph Zemp in 1908
 73	Wilhelm Matthias Naeff 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

 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
 22	Nello Celio in 1995

Age

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

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



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