Rivlin elected President

Reuven Rivlin elected Israel's new President

    ​Knessed elected the veteran politician for Israel's next President
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    ​Reuven Rivlin was born in Jerusalem in 1939. A lawyer by profession, he holds an L.L.B. degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

    Rivlin served as Legal Adviser, Chairman and team manager of the Betar Jerusalem Sports Association. He was a member of the Jerusalem Municipal Council (1978-1983) and a member of the El Al Executive Council (1981-1986). He is a former member of the Board of Trustees fo the Khan Theater and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. He served as Chairman of the Likud Organization (1988-1993) and as Chairman of the Jerusalem Branch of the Herut Movement (from 1986).

    Rivlin was first elected to the Knesset in 1988, and has since then served on a wide range of Knesset committees. Reuven Rivlin served as Minister of Communications from March 2001 until February 2003. He served as Speaker of the 16th Knesset from 2003-2006, and as Speaker of the 18th Knesset from 2009-2013.

    On June 10, 2014, Reuven Rivlin was elected by the Knesset to serve as Israel's 10th president. He will assume office on July 24.

    He is married, with four children.