Edgars Rinkēvičs

Latvian politician, official, and president

Edgars Rinkēvičs (born 21 September 1973) is a Latvian public official and politician who is the President of Latvia since 8 July 2023. He has been the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia from 2011 to 2023. He is the first openly gay head of state in a European Union country.[1]

Edgars Rinkēvičs
Rinkēvičs in 2023
11th President of Latvia
Assumed office
8 July 2023
Prime MinisterArturs Krišjānis Kariņš
Evika Siliņa
Preceded byEgils Levits
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
25 October 2011 – 8 July 2023
Prime MinisterValdis Dombrovskis
Laimdota Straujuma
Māris Kučinskis
Arturs Krišjānis Kariņš
Preceded byĢirts Valdis Kristovskis
Succeeded byArturs Krišjānis Kariņš (acting)
President of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe
In office
17 May 2023 – 8 July 2023
Preceded byÞórdís Kolbrún R. Gylfadóttir
Personal details
Born (1973-09-21) 21 September 1973 (age 50)
Jūrmala, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union
(now Latvia)
Political partyLatvian Way (1998–2004)
Reform Party (2012–2014)
Unity (2014–2023)
Alma materUniversity of Latvia
Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy


  1. "EU's First Openly Gay Head of State Elected by Latvian Assembly". Bloomberg.com. 2023-05-31. Retrieved 2023-05-31.