Lars Erik Ansgar Leijonborg ( born November 21, 1949 in Täby, Stockholm County ) is a Swedish politician of the liberal Folkpartiet nutrition, which he chaired between 1997 and 2007. From 6 October 2006 to 18 June 2009, he was minister for higher education and research issues in the Swedish government (2006-2007 head of the Ministry of Education ). From 1985 to 2009 he was a Member of the Swedish Parliament.
Leijonborg grew up in Solna outside Stockholm on. In 1971, he was (at that time FPU) elected Chairman of the Youth League LUF. Three years later he completed his studies. After graduation, he worked as a political official, journalist and consultant. Among other things, he was 1980-83 Party Secretary of Folkpartiet, chief editor of the newspaper NU from 1983-84 and 1984-1990 Advisor to the Svenska management groups.
In 1985 he was elected to the Reichstag, and five years later he was elected second vice chairman of the Folkpartiet. After the election to the Reichstag in 1991, he was elected faction leader. On March 15, 1997, he was elected as party leader and thus became the successor of Maria Leissner.
The success of the Folkpartiet in the Reichstag elections of 2002 also meant a great personal success for Leijonborg, who then tried to bring a minority coalition with three bourgeois parties and the Greens under his leadership concluded. Although the Greens surprisingly showed great interest and outright negotiations were held for days, the attempt failed, and the Social Democratic government of Göran Persson was finally able to govern with the support of the Greens and the Left Party on.
Leijonborg was between 1992 and 2004 married Edholm with the party colleague Lotta. He has two sons.
Reichstag election in 2006
( Samlingspartiet Moderata, Kristdemokraterna, Centerpartiet and Folkpartiet liberal erna ) Together with Fredrik Reinfeldt, the top candidate of the bourgeois Alliance for Sweden, he ran against Göran Persson. Despite considerable losses for Folkpartiet that are not least due to the fact that individual employees of Folkpartiet einloggten in the intranet of the Social Democrats and this spying, the Alliance for Sweden reached a narrow majority in the Reichstag. In the new government Fredrik Reinfeldt's Lars Leijonborg was appointed Minister of Education. In the first few months in this office is Leijonborg sat among other things, committed to reform the Swedish teacher training and adapt to the Bologna Process.
2007 Leijonborg resigned as party chairman and handed over to his successor in that office in January Björklund also the formal leadership of the Ministry of Education and thus the title of the Minister of Education. However Leijonborg remained in the government and retained its proper political duties as minister for higher education and research questions at.
On 11 June 2009 said Lars Leijonborg that he resigns from his position as a university and research ministers and is no longer a candidate in the general election of 2010. His successor as higher education and research minister Tobias Krantz.