Borys Budka is to become the minister of state assets in Donald Tusk’s government. In the past, Budka served as Minister of Justice in Ewa Kopacz’s cabinet. What is worth knowing about the Civic Coalition politician?
Borys Budka – who is he?
Borys Budka was born in 1978 in Czeladź. In 2002, he graduated in law from the University of Silesia in Katowice, and later completed legal counsel training at the District Chamber of Counselors in Katowice. In 2011, he obtained a PhD in economics.
In his professional career he worked, among others: at the Department of Law of the University of Economics in Katowice as an assistant and adjunct professor, and also lectured at European universities, including: in Portugal, Spain, France, Romania and Belgium. He is the author of many publications in the field of labor law, company law and civil law.
Career in politics
IN elections in the 2002 local government elections, Budka ran from the Civic Platform lists and was elected as a city councilor in Zabrze. He remained in the position until 2011. During this time, he served as chairman and vice-chairman of the council.
He was elected to the Sejm for the first time in 2011. He then ran on behalf of PO in Gliwice and won 10,260 votes. Three years later, he unsuccessfully ran for the office of mayor of Gliwice, gaining 6,192 votes.
In May 2015, he was appointed Minister of Justice in the Prime Minister’s government Ewa Kopacz and he remained in this position until PiS took power a few months later. In the parliamentary elections that year, running again from Gliwice, he obtained a parliamentary seat with the result of 37,761 votes. He was then elected by the Sejm to the National Council of the Judiciary. Four years later, he was elected to the Sejm again, this time from the Katowice constituency thanks to 99,550 votes, and in 2023 he secured his fourth parliamentary term with 101,258 votes.
In February 2016, Budka was elected vice-chairman of the Civic Platform, and in November 2019 he became chairman of the parliamentary club of the Civic Coalition. In January 2020, he became the new chairman of PO, and a year later, in July 2021, he resigned from this position to allow Donald Tusk to take over. However, he was elected vice-chairman of the party, and later again as chairman of the KO parliamentary club, which he remains to this day. In the current term of the Sejm, he became a member of the Legislative Committee.
Borys Budka is married to Katarzyna Kuczyńska-Budka, who became a councilor of the city of Gliwice in 2018. They have a daughter, Lena. Budka’s passion is long-distance running.
Main photo source: PAP/Paweł Supernak