Valdas Adamkus

6° President of Lithuania

Valdas Adamkus (born 3 November 1926) is a Lithuanian politician and engineer. He was the President of the Republic of Lithuania. He was born on November 3, 1926 in Kaunas, Lithuania. His birth name was Valdemaras Adamkavičius.

Valdas Adamkus
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President of Lithuania
In office
12 July 2004 – 12 July 2009
Prime MinisterAlgirdas Brazauskas
Zigmantas Balčytis (Acting)
Gediminas Kirkilas
Andrius Kubilius
Preceded byRolandas Paksas
Succeeded byDalia Grybauskaitė
In office
26 February 1998 – 26 February 2003
Prime MinisterGediminas Vagnorius
Irena Degutienė (Acting)
Rolandas Paksas
Irena Degutienė (Acting)
Andrius Kubilius
Rolandas Paksas
Eugenijus Gentvilas (Acting)
Algirdas Brazauskas
Preceded byAlgirdas Brazauskas
Succeeded byRolandas Paksas
Personal details
Born (1926-11-03) 3 November 1926 (age 94)
Kaunas, Lithuania
Political partyIndependent[1]
Spouse(s)Alma Adamkienė
ProfessionCivil engineer, civil servant

First elected in 1998, he ended his term in office in 2003. When Rolandas Paksas, the new elected president, was impeached and removed by the Lithuanian Parliament in 2004, Adamkus was re-elected. He chose not to run for re-election during the Lithuanian presidential election in 2009. He was succeeded on 12 July 2009 by Dalia Grybauskaitė.

In 1951, he married Alma Adamkienė.

Following the end of his term as president, Adamkus remained involved in international development, and a member of the European Academy of Diplomacy.


  1. Miles, Lee (2003). The European Union: Annual Review 2002/2003. Blackwell Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4051-2986-2.

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