53 y.o. Speaker of Parliament of Ukraine. Chairman of People's party of Ukraine. Head of Lytvyn Bloc faction in Parliament of Ukraine. Speaker of Parliament of Ukraine (currently, and during 4th convocation, 2002). Candidate for a presidential race of 2009-2010.
Family and Childhood:
9 April 1956 – born in Sloboda Romanivska village in Novograd-Volynsky district of Zhytomyr region. His parents, Mykhaylo (b. 1930) and mother Olga (b. 1929) were peasants.
Married, wife Tetyana (b. 1960) is an economist. They have two children, Olena (b. 1982) and Ivan (b. 1989).
Education and Academic Achievements:
1978 - graduated from Taras Shevchenko University in Kyiv with a history degree.
1995 - Doctor of Science in History (the Taras Shevchenko University in Kyiv).
Vice-President of National Academy of sciences of Ukraine.
Work Experience and Political Life:
1978-1991 – worked in the principal’s office of the Taras Shevchenko University in Kyiv, was a lecturer and a chief lecturer, at the same time had his postgraduate studies.
1986-1989 – head of the Directorate of Ministry of high and professional education of Ukraine.
1989-1991 – worked in Soviet Ukraine’s Communist Party apparatus.
1991-94 – associate professor of the Taras Shevchenko University in Kyiv, writing a doctor’s theses.
July 1994 – aide of the President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma in questions of internal politics.
November 1995 – the President’s administration deputy chief.
1996-1999 – served as President’s first assistant and chief speechwriter.
November 1999 – Chief of President’s administration.
March 2002 – elected as Member of Parliament of Ukraine of 4th convocation as a leader (No 1 in a list) of political block “For United Ukraine” (“За єдину Україну”).
28 May 2002 – elected as Head of Parliament of Ukraine.
March 2006 – People’s Block of Lytvyn won 2.44 % of the popular vote and no seats in the Parliament of 5th convocation.
2007 – in the early parliamentary election held on September 30, 2007, the Lytvyn Bloc (renamed from Lytvyn's People's Bloc) consisted of the People's Party and the Labour Party was placed in fifth place. It won 20 out of 450 seats in the Parliament of Ukraine of 6th convocation.