|Federal Chancellor of Switzerland
(in German) Bundeskanzler(in)
(in French) Chancelier(-ière) fédéral(e)
(in Italian) Cancelliere(-a) della Confederazione
(in Romansh) Chancelier(a) federal(a)
Federal logo of the Swiss Confederation
|Term length||Four years, renewable|
|Inaugural holder||Jean-Marc Mousson|
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, which acts as the general staff of the seven-member Federal Council. The Swiss Chancellor is not a member of the government, and the office of Chancellor is not at all comparable to that of the Chancellors of Germany or the Chancellor of Austria.
The Federal Chancellor is elected for a four-year term by the Federal Assembly, assembled together as the United Federal Assembly, at the same time as it elects the Federal Council. The current Chancellor, Walter Thurnherr, a member of the Christian Democratic People's Party from Aargau, was elected on 9 December 2015 and began his term on 1 January 2016.
One or two vice-chancellors (before 1852, the position was called the State Secretary of the Confederation) are also appointed. In contrast to the chancellor, they are appointmented directly by the Federal Council.
The position is a political appointment and has only a technocratic role.
The Chancellor attends meetings of the Federal Council but does not have a vote. The Chancellor also prepares the Federal Council's reports to the Federal Assembly on its policy and activities. Still, the Chancellor is often referred to as that of an 'eighth Federal Councillor'. The chancellery is also responsible for the publication of all federal laws.
|1||1803-1830||Jean Marc Samuel Isaac Mousson||1776-1861||Liberal||Vaud|
|2||1830-1847||Josef Franz Karl Amrhyn||1800-1849||Liberal||Lucerne|
|3||1848-1881||Johann Ulrich Schiess||1813-1883||Liberal||Appenzell Ausserrhoden|
|5||1910-1918||Hans Schatzmann||1848-1923||Free Democratic Party||Aargau|
|6||1919-1925||Adolf von Steiger||1859-1925||Free Democratic Party||Bern|
|7||1925-1934||Robert Käslin||1871-1934||Free Democratic Party||Nidwalden|
|8||1934-1943||George Bovet||1874-1946||Free Democratic Party||Neuchâtel|
|9||1944-1951||Oskar Leimgruber||1886-1976||Christian Democratic People's Party||Fribourg|
|10||1951-1967||Charles Oser||1902-1994||Free Democratic Party||Basel-City|
|11||1968-1981||Karl Huber||1915-2002||Christian Democratic People's Party||St. Gallen|
|12||1981-1991||Walter Buser||1926-||Social Democratic Party||Basel-Landschaft|
|13||1991-1999||François Couchepin||1935-||Free Democratic Party||Valais|
|14||1 January 2000 - 31 December 2007||Annemarie Huber-Hotz||1948-||Free Democratic Party||Zug|
|15||1 January 2008 - 31 December 2015||Corina Casanova||1956-||Christian Democratic People's Party||Graubünden|
|16||1 January 2016 - present||Walter Thurnherr||1963-||Christian Democratic People's Party||Aargau|