President - Hauts-de-France Regional Council
Xavier Bertrand started his professional career in the insurance industry, then moved into politics in the Northern French department of Aisne, serving as a member of its local council. He was then elected as a member of the French National Assembly in 2002.
From 2005 to 2007, he served as Secretary of State for Health in charge of health insurance and later as Minister for Health and Solidarity, spearheading health insurance reform and enacting France’s ban on smoking in public places.
Xavier Bertrand was appointed as Minister for Employment, Social Affairs, Family Affairs, and Solidarity under French Prime Minister François Fillon. During his tenure, he helped relax France’s 35-hour workweek by allowing a tax credit for overtime pay. Other achievements included reforming the country’s special retirement plans for civil servants and establishing minimum service requirements for public transports.
He then served as Minister for Employment and Health from November 2010 to May 2012.
In October 2010, Xavier Bertrand was elected as Mayor of Saint-Quentin, and in June 2012 he was re-elected to the National Assembly. He later resigned from both positions when he was elected as President of the Hauts-de-France Regional Council on 4th January 2016. Boosting jobs is Xavier Bertrand’s top priority for his region: helping out those looking for work, those who work and those who create jobs.
Twitter Account: @xavierbertrand