Leader of the Bloc of Yulia Tymoshenko, and Head of the Batkivshchyna Party.
Ms. Tymoshenko was a key leader of the Orange Revolution, a popular uprising against massive electoral fraud during the 2004 Presidential elections. Following the overthrow of the Kuchma regime through free and fair elections, she became Ukraine’s first female Prime Minister.
Ms. Tymoshenko began her political career in 1996 and was elected to the Verkhovna Rada from the Kirovohrad region, winning a record 92.3 percent of the vote in her constituency. She was re-elected in 1998, 2002 and 2006. In 1998, she became Chair of the Parliamentary Budget Committee.
From 1999 to 2001, Ms. Tymoshenko was the Deputy Prime Minister for Fuel and Energy in the cabinet of Prime Minister Viktor Yushchenko.
Ms. Tymoshenko graduated from Dnipropetrovsk State University with a degree in economics in 1984 and went on to earn a PhD in economics.