Economist, bureaucrat and politician. He was born on December 17, 1948 in Nazimiye, Tunceli. The prevous surname of his family was "Karabulut", but as everyone in the village had the same surname, his father replaced it as "Kılıçdaroğlu" in 1950s. He completed his primary and secondary education in several cities and districts such as Erciş, Tunceli, Genc, Elaziğ. He completed Elaziğ Commerce High School as the first student (1967). He completed Ankara Economic and Commercial Sciences Academy (Gazi University, Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences) in 1971.
After graduating from university, he won the examinations and started to work as a junior assistant in the Ministry of Finance. Then he became the senior accountant and stayed in France for one year representing the Ministry of Finance. After working as a senior accountant until 1983, he was appointed to General Directorate of Revenues. He worked as office manager and then appointed as Vice General Director of Revenues. He became Bag-Kur General Director in 1991, Social Security Institution General Director in 1992. Then he was appointed as Vice Undersecretary in the Ministry of Labor and Social Security. During the studies about Eighth Five Year Development Plan, he worked as Hidden Economy Special Expertise Commission President and gave lectures at Hacettepe University. He resigned from Social Security General Directorate in 1999.
He worked as Association to Preserve the Citizens' Tax as chairman and as executive board member in Turkey Is Bank. Then he joined politics and became the RPP (Republican People's Party) Istanbul deputy in November 3, 2002 elections into TGNA. He was elected as Istanbul deputy in July 22, 2007 elections again. While he was a deputy, he became the candidate for Istanbul Municipality from RPP in 2009 local elections; but he lost the elections. While Kiliçdaroğlu was RPP Group Deputy Chairman, Deniz Baykal resigned from RPP Presidency and he was elected as the 7th president of RPP on May 22, 2010 RPP 33rd Ordinary General Meeting.
Kemal Kiliçdaroğlu has numerous articles and three occupational books published. He was elected as the "Bureaucrat of the Year" in 1994 by Economic Trend journal. Musician Onur Akin has composed a song for Kiliçdaroğlu.
İşsizlik Sigortası Kanunu / Yorum ve Açıklamalar (Ocak 1993), 1948 Türkiye İktisat Kongresi (2. Basım Eylül 1997), Kayıtdışı Ekonomi ve Bürokraside Yeniden Yapılanma Gereği (1997), Türkiye'ye Sözüm Var (2011).
REFERENCE: Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu Resmî Sitesi (2006), TBMM Albümü 3. Cilt 1983-2010 (2010), Türkiye Büyük Millet Meclisi 23. Dönem Milletvekilleri Albümü (2007), Radikal (23 Mayıs 2010), Hürriyet (23 Mayıs 2010), Süleyman Yeşilyurt / Dersim Ermenisi Yemuş Hanımın Oğlu Çarkçı Kemal (2011), Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu'na Dersim Ermenisi Yemuş Hanımın Oğlu Çarkçı Kemal kitabı soruldu (ensonhaber.com, 22.02.2011), Zübeyir Kındıra / Kemal-Türkiye'nin Gandhi'si (2017), Makbule Cengiz / Umut Hep Var – Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu’yla Nehir Söyleşi (2017), İhsan Işık / Resimli ve Metin Örnekli Türkiye Edebiyatçılar ve Kültür Adamları Ansiklopedisi (C. 12, 2019).