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Federal Chancellor of Switzerland
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Incumbent
Walter Thurnherr

since 1 January 2016
Residence Federal Palace
Term length Four years, renewable
Inaugural holder Jean-Marc Mousson
Formation 1803

The Federal Chancellor (German: Bundeskanzler(in); French: Chancelier(-ière) fédéral(e); Italian: Cancelliere(-a) della Confederazione; Romansh: Chancelier(a) federal(a)) is the head of the Federal Chancellery of Switzerland. It acts as the general staff of the seven-member Federal Council. The Swiss Chancellor is not a member of the government.

The Federal Chancellor is elected for a four-year term by the Federal Assembly. The current Chancellor, Walter Thurnherr who began his term on 1 January 2016.

List of Federal Chancellors

# From-To Name Born-Died Party Canton
1 1803–1830 Jean Marc Samuel Isaac Mousson Jean Marc Samuel Isaac Mousson 1776–1861 Liberal Vaud
2 1830–1847 Josef Franz Karl Amrhyn Josef Franz Karl Amrhyn 1800–1849 Liberal Lucerne
3 1848–1881 Johann Ulrich Schiess Johann Ulrich Schiess 1813–1883 Liberal Appenzell Ausserrhoden
4 1882–1909 Gottlieb Ringier Gottlieb Ringier 1837–1929 Liberal Aargau
5 1910–1918 Hans Schatzmann Hans Schatzmann 1848–1923 Free Democratic Party Aargau
6 1919–1925 Adolf von Steiger Adolf von Steiger 1859–1925 Free Democratic Party Bern
7 1925–1934 Robert Käslin Robert Käslin 1871–1934 Free Democratic Party Nidwalden
8 1934–1943 George Bovet George Bovet 1874–1946 Free Democratic Party Neuchâtel
9 1944–1951 Oskar Leimgruber Oskar Leimgruber 1886–1976 Christian Democratic People's Party Fribourg
10 1951–1967 Charles Oser Charles Oser 1902–1994 Free Democratic Party Basel-City
11 1968–1981 Karl Huber Karl Huber 1915–2002 Christian Democratic People's Party St. Gallen
12 1981–1991 Walter Buser Walter Buser 1926–2019 Social Democratic Party Basel-Landschaft
13 1991–1999 François Couchepin François Couchepin 1935– Free Democratic Party Valais
14 1 January 2000 – 31 December 2007 Annemarie Huber-Hotz Annemarie Huber-Hotz 1948–2019 Free Democratic Party Zug
15 1 January 2008 – 31 December 2015 Corina Casanova Corina Casanova 1956– Christian Democratic People's Party Graubünden
16 1 January 2016 – present Walter Thurnherr Walter Thurnherr 1963– Christian Democratic People's Party Aargau
  • A Walk through the History of the Federal Chancellery, in German, French and Italian, on the web site of the Federal Chancellery
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