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Lech Kaczyński

Political involvement

In the parliamentary election in June 1989 he was chosen as senator for the Gdańsk region. In August 1989 he supported Jarosław Kaczyński in his work on forming a coalition of NSZZ “Solidarność” with the United People’s Party and the Democratic Party.


From March 12th to October 31st, 1991 he was Minister of State in charge of Security in the Office of the President of the Republic of Poland (this post no longer exists). He supervised the work of the National Security Bureau. He resigned from the job in the Office of the President of the Republic of Poland after a conflict with Lech Wałęsa and the head of his office, Mieczysław Wachowski.


In the parliamentary election in 1991 he won the seat of deputy to the Sejm for a 1st term from the list of the Centre Agreement party from the Nowy Sącz constituency. He was actively involved in the activities of four committees, where he dealt with issues connected with legislation and social policy. From November 1991 he was chairman of the Administration and Internal Affairs Committee.


From the beginning of his political activities in free Poland, he called for vetting and decommunization in public life.


On February 14th, 1992 he was appointed president of the Supreme Chamber of Control. He performed this function until 1995. As the SCC president he considerably strengthened social trust in this institution (an increase in trust from 30 to 60%) and transformed the chamber into an effective state auditing body. He was a member of the Administration Council of the International Labour Organization at UNO as well as a member of the Presidium of EUROSAI (the European Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions).

In the years 1995-97 he was deputy chairman of the program board of the Institute of Public Affairs managed by Lena Kolarska-Bobińska.


In the years 1999-2000 – a member of the Codification Committee operating at the Minister of Labour and Social Policy.


On June 12th, 2000 he was appointed by Prime Minister, Jerzy Buzek, as Minister of Justice. He soon became one of the most popular members of the government, the second-most popular Polish politician after the then President, Aleksander Kwaśniewski. His actions aimed at stopping the liberal criminal justice policies exercised in Poland for many years brought about an increase in social trust. He was effective in preventing crime and corruption as well as in the fight against the mafia.


In 2001 he took the lead of the Law and Justice National Committee, a new right-wing party he created together with Jarosław Kaczyński. He was elected deputy to the Sejm for a 4th term from the Gdańsk constituency. He performed the function of chairman of the parliamentary Constitutional Responsibility Committee.


On November 18th, 2002 he won a direct election for Mayor of the City of Warsaw with a considerable majority. He started his term of office in the capital city under slogans calling for the elimination of corruption and restoration of law and order. He took some effective actions which have improved security in the city.


On August 1st, 2004, at the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Uprising, he opened the Warsaw Rising Museum.

He resigned as Mayor of the Capital City the day before he took office as President of the Republic of Poland.


President of the Republic of Poland

On October 23rd, 2005, polling 54.04% of votes, Lech Kaczyński defeated his rival Donald Tusk in the second round and won the presidential election. He took office on December 23rd, 2005 by swearing an oath in front of the National Assembly.



Lech Kaczyński's wife, Maria, was an economist. Their daughter Marta is married to a lawyer and both are legal trainees. Mr and Mrs Kaczyński had two granddaughters: six-year-old Ewa and two-year-old Martyna.

The presidential couple had a great liking for animals.
The family owned two dogs – a mongrel called Lula and a Scottish terrier called Tytus as well as a cat, Rudolf, adopted from an animal shelter.


Tragic death

President Lech Kaczynski died on 10 April, 2010, in a crash of the governmental plane TU-154 nearby Smolensk, on his way to the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Katyn Massacre.


President together with his wife Maria and accompanying delegation was flying to Katyn where in the company of representatives of the Katyn Families, as well as parliamentarians, priests, war veterans and army men he intended to pay tribute to the Poles murdered by NKVD, following a decision of the Politburo of the All-Union Communist Party. In the plane crash, 96 persons lost their lives.


On 18 April, 2010, the Presidential Couple was laid to rest in the crypt of the Wawel Cathedral in Krakow.

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