Jaak Aab

Jaak Aab
Jaak Aab 2017-06-09.jpg
Jaak Aab, 2017
Minister of Public Administration
Assumed office
26 January 2021
Prime Minister Kaja Kallas
Preceded by Anneli Ott
In office
29 April 2019 – 25 November 2020
Prime Minister Jüri Ratas
Preceded by Janek Mäggi
Succeeded by Anneli Ott
In office
12 June 2017 – 2 May 2018
Prime Minister Jüri Ratas
Preceded by Mihhail Korb
Succeeded by Janek Mäggi
Minister of Education and Research
In office
25 November 2020 – 26 January 2021
Prime Minister Jüri Ratas
Preceded by Mailis Reps
Succeeded by Liina Kersna
Minister of Social Affairs
In office
13 April 2005 – 5 April 2007
Prime Minister Andrus Ansip
Preceded by Marko Pomerants
Succeeded by Maret Maripuu
Personal details
Born (1960-04-09) 9 April 1960 (age 60)
Taagepera, Estonia
Political party Estonian Centre Party
Alma mater Tallinn University

Jaak Aab (born 9 April 1960) is an Estonian politician of the Centre Party who has been serving as the Minister of Education and Research since 2020. He previously served twice as the Minister of Public Administration from 2017 to 2018 and 2019 to 2020 and as the Minister of Social Affairs (Estonia) from 2005 to 2007.[1]


Life

Jaak Aab attended school in Ala (Helme Parish in Valga County) and in Viljandi. After graduating from high school in 1978, he studied to become a teacher in Russian language and literature from 1978 to 1986 at the Pedagogical Institute in Tallinn (Tallinna Pedagoogiline Instituut, today known as the University of Tallinn). From 1984 to 1991, he was active as a teacher in Ala and Võhma. From 1991 to 1994, Aab worked in Finland.

Upon returning to Estonia, Aab started working in politics. From November 1994 to January 1996, he served as a senior mayor of the city of Võhma. From August 1998 to February 2002, Aab held the office of senior mayor. From February 2002 to March 2003, Aab was the representative in the Estonian Parliament (Riigikogu). From July 2003 to April 2005, he was the executive director of the Association of Estonian Cities and Muncipilaties (Eesti Linnade ja Valdade Liit), before Prime Minister Andrus Ansip appointed him to his cabinet in 2005. From 13 April 2005 to 5 April 2007, Jaak Aab was the Minister of Social Affairs of the Republic of Estonia.[2]

Since April 2007, Aab has been a representative of the Estonian Parliament and acting chairman of the Social Committee.

Personal life

Jaak Aab is married to teacher Kaie Aab (born 1958). The couple has two daughters.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Marko Pomerants
Minister of Social Affairs
2005–2007
Succeeded by
Maret Maripuu
Preceded by
Mihhail Korb
Minister of Public Administration
2017–2018
Succeeded by
Janek Mäggi
Preceded by
Janek Mäggi
Minister of Public Administration
2019–2020
Succeeded by
Anneli Ott
Preceded by
Mailis Reps
Minister of Education and Research
2020–2021
Succeeded by
Liina Kersna
Preceded by
Anneli Ott
Minister of Public Administration
2021–present
Incumbent


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