Urmas Reinsalu

Urmas Reinsalu
Minister of Justice
Assumed office
9 April 2015
Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas
Preceded by Andres Anvelt
Leader of the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union
In office
28 January 2012  6 June 2015
Preceded by Mart Laar
Succeeded by Margus Tsahkna
Minister of Defence
In office
11 May 2012  26 March 2014
Prime Minister Andrus Ansip
Preceded by Mart Laar
Succeeded by Sven Mikser
Personal details
Born (1975-06-22) 22 June 1975
Tallinn, Estonia
Political party Pro Patria and Res Publica Union
Children 2
Alma mater University of Tartu

Urmas Reinsalu (born 22 June 1975) is an Estonian politician who has been the Minister of Justice since 2015.[1] Previously, Reinsalu has served as the Minister of Defence from 2012 to 2014. Reinsalu is a member of the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union and was party leader from 2012 to 2015.

Early life and education

Reinsalu was born in Tallinn on 22 June 1975.[2] He graduated from the Tallinn Secondary School No. 37 and studied law at the University of Tartu, graduating in 1997.[3]

Political career

From 1996 to 1997, Reinsalu worked as a specialist in public law in the Ministry of Justice and as an advisor to then Estonian President from 1996 to 1998. In 1998, Reinsalu was appointed Director of the Office of the President of Estonia when Lennart Meri was in office.[3][4] From 2001 to 2002, he worked as the political secretary of the Res Publica Party.[3] From 2002 to 2003, Reinsalu was a lecturer in the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences.

From 2007 to 2013, Reinsalu was a member of the Riigikogu. On 28 January 2012, Reinsalu became the chairman of the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union, replacing Mart Laar.[5][6] He elected chairman with an absolute majority in the first round of voting at the party congress held in Tallinn.[6]

On 11 May 2012, Reinsalu was appointed Minister of Defence, replacing Mart Laar who resigned from office due to health reasons.[2][5][7][8] Reinsalu's term as the Minister of Defence ended on 26 March 2014, when he was replaced by Sven Mikser.[9] From 2014 to 2015, he was a member of the Riigikogu.

In the 2015 parliamentary election, Reinsalu was re-elected to the Riigikogu with 2,949 individual votes.[10] On 9 April 2015, Reinsalu became the Minister of Justice in Taavi Rõivas' second cabinet.

As the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union was the biggest loser in the elections with 9 seats lost, Reinsalu announced he would resign as party chairman after the party's congress in June.[11] On 6 June 2015, he was replaced by Margus Tsahkna.[12]

Personal life

Reinsalu is married and has two children.[2] He is fluent in English, German, Russian and Finnish.[3]


  1. "New Estonian government assumes office". ERR. 9 April 2015. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  2. 1 2 3 "Minister". Estonian Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 12 September 2012.
  3. 1 2 3 4 "Urmas Reinsalu". IRL. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  4. "Urmas Reinsalu - IRL". European People's Party. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  5. 1 2 "Minister of Defence of Estonia". NATO Parliamentary Assembly. 27 May 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2012.
  6. 1 2 "Estonia: EPP President congratulates new IRL leader". European People's Party. 28 January 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2012.
  7. "Minister of Defence Urmas Reinsalu Assumes Office". Estonian Review. 14 May 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2012.
  8. "Prime Minister Ansip Makes Proposal to President to Appoint Urmas Reinsalu Minister of Defence". Government Communication Unit. 11 May 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2012.
  9. "Minister of Defence Sven Mikser". Government of Estonia. Retrieved 7 November 2014.
  10. "Riigikogu valimised 2015: Detailne hääletamistulemus". Vabariigi Valimiskomisjon. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  11. "Reinsalu to resign as IRL chairman". ERR. 9 March 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  12. "Tsahkna named IRL chairman, pledges to unite party". ERR. 24 June 2015. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
Political offices
Preceded by
Mart Laar
Minister of Defence
Succeeded by
Sven Mikser
Preceded by
Mart Laar
Leader of the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union
Succeeded by
Margus Tsahkna
Preceded by
Andres Anvelt
Minister of Justice
Succeeded by
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