Borut Pahor

Borut Pahor (Slovene pronunciation: [ˈbóːɾut ˈpàːxɔɾ];[1][2] born 2 November 1963) is a Slovenian politician serving as President of Slovenia since December 2012.[3] Previously, he served as Prime Minister from November 2008 to February 2012.


Borut Pahor
Pahor in September 2019
4th President of Slovenia
Assumed office
22 December 2012
Prime MinisterJanez Janša
Alenka Bratušek
Miro Cerar
Marjan Šarec
Janez Janša
Preceded byDanilo Türk
Prime Minister of Slovenia
In office
21 November 2008  10 February 2012
PresidentDanilo Türk
Preceded byJanez Janša
Succeeded byJanez Janša
Member of the European Parliament
In office
20 July 2004  14 October 2008
ConstituencySlovenia
Speaker of the National Assembly
In office
10 November 2000  12 July 2004
Preceded byJanez Podobnik
Succeeded byFeri Horvat
Personal details
Born (1963-11-02) 2 November 1963 (age 57)
Postojna, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia
(now Slovenia)
Political partySKJ (before 1990)
SD (1990–2012)
Independent (2012–present)
Domestic partnerTanja Pečar
Children1
Alma materUniversity of Ljubljana

A longtime member and former president of the Social Democrats party, Pahor served several terms as a member of the National Assembly and was its speaker from 2000 to 2004. In 2004, he was elected as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP). Following the victory of the Social Democrats in the 2008 parliamentary election, Pahor was appointed as Prime Minister.

In September 2011, Pahor's government lost a confidence vote amidst an economic crisis and political tensions. He continued to serve as the pro tempore Prime Minister until he was replaced by Janez Janša in February 2012. In June 2012, he announced he would run for the largely ceremonial office of President of Slovenia. He defeated the incumbent Danilo Türk in a runoff election held on 2 December 2012, receiving roughly two-thirds of the vote.[4] In November 2017, Pahor was re-elected for a second term against Marjan Šarec.[5]