Lawyer, sociologist, lecturer, politician. He was born in Armutlu village, Keskin district Kırıkkale in 1947. He graduated from Keskin Ataturk Primary School (1959), Kırıkkale Secondary School (1962), Kırıkkkale High School (1965) and Ankara University Faculty of Law (1970). He has completed his master’s and doctoral studies at the same university.
He has completed his Law Internship in 1971, worked at the Ministry of Interior in 1972 from where he received scholarship and started to work as an Assistant at the Subdivision of Sociology, Faculty o Business, Erzurum Ataturk University. He completed his doctoral study in 1976.
He worked as a visiting lecturer at Michigan University, USA between the years 1978-1979. He became Associate Professor of Sociology in 1983. He worked as a Social Planning Department Head at Prime Ministry State Planning Organization between the years 1985-1992.
He worked as a lecturer at Marmara University in 1992. He was appointed as the Founding Rector at the newly established Kırıkkkale University in 1992 and he worked there for 5 years. He was retired in 1997.
He established Ankara Social Research Center (ANAR) in 1998 and coordinated it for five years. He was selected as an Ankara Deputy from Justice and Development Party (JDP) in November 3, 2002 elections. He was assigned as the State Minister liable from DIE, TIKA, RTUK, TRT, Social Solidarity and Encouragement Fund in Abdullah Gül and Recep Tayyip Erdogan governments. He was elected as JDP Ankara Deputy in 2007 elections again. He was assigned as the Ministry of Interior at 60th Government of Turkish Republic. He was elected as JDP Kırıkkale Deputy in June 2011 elections. He was assigned as the Vice Prime Minister at 61st Government of Turkish Republic. He did not become a deputy candidate on June 7, 2011 elections due to three terms rule at his party. He is still Vice General Chairman of JDP, liable from Promotions and Media. He is married and father of three children.
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