Mariusz Błaszczak

Deputy Prime Minister
Minister of National Defence of Poland

Responsible for all activities of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland, as well as their structure and development, and the preparation of national defence concepts.

Born on 19 September 1969 in Legionowo. Deputy of the 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th term Sejm.

Mr Błaszczak graduated with a degree in history from the University of Warsaw; he also graduated from the National School of Public Administration and completed postgraduate studies in the field of Local Government and Local Development and Management in Administration.

He belonged to the Independent Students' Association, the Association of Catholic Academic Youth, and the Centre Agreement.

Between 2002 and 2004, he served as the deputy mayor of Warsaw’s Wola district. He supported numerous development initiatives, including ones focused on establishing sports facilities at schools. In December 2004, he was appointed mayor of the Śródmieście district of Warsaw.

Endorsed by Jarosław Kaczyński, Chairman of the Law and Justice Party, Mr Błaszczak served as the Chairperson of the Law and Justice Parliamentary Club between August 2010 and November 2015. In March 2009, he became the press spokesman of the Law and Justice Parliamentary Club. In March 2007, he was appointed Minister – Member of the Council of Ministers by Lech Kaczyński, President of the Republic of Poland. In October 2005, he was appointed Chief of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister in the Law and Justice party’s government.

Between 2015 and 2018, he served as the Minister of the Interior and Administration, and from 9 January 2018 until 15 November 2019, as the Minister of National Defence.

Mr Błaszczak was re-appointed Minister of National Defence on 15 November 2019.