Eva Herzog - President of the Council of States 2023/2024
Photo: Keystone SDA / Alessandro della Valle


Date and place of birth25 December 1961
Place of residenceBasel
Political Party
SP Switzerland​

Schooling and academic career

  • Schools in Pratteln and Muttenz, Type B baccalaureate (Latin)
  • Farming course at agricultural school in Charlottenfels (SH)
  • Studied history, economics and Spanish at the universities of Basel and Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
  • Dissertation on cantonal history of Basel in relation to women’s gymnastics in the canton of Basel-Landschaft in 19th and 20th centuries

Political career

1999-2003Member of Basel-Stadt Constitutional Council, chair of constitutional commission on financial affairs

​Member of Basel-Stadt Cantonal Parliament, member of the education and culture committee

​President of the SP Basel-Stadt

​Member of the Cantonal Council and head of the Basel-Stadt Finance Department, responsible for finances, taxes, real estate, human resources and IT

​Chair of the Conference of Cantonal Finance Directors, vice president since 2016

​Member of the Council of States representing the Canton of Basel-Stadt
​Elected president of the Council of States​

Main policy interests

  • Representing interests of Basel-Stadt and the Basel region
  • European policy
  • Women’s equality
  • Strengthening Switzerland’s urban regions
  • International: Focus on interests of the Global South
  • Education and research
  • Finances and taxes