Official candidates for a cabinet seat Jacqueline Fehr is a member of the House of Representatives for the centre-left Social Democrats. She trained as a teacher and later studied psychology and political science. Keystone Jacqueline Fehr, 47, launched her political career in 1990 on a local level in the town of Winterthur. In parliament she has specialised in health and family issues and is seen as a political bridge builder with Social Democratic convictions. Keystone Simonettta Sommaruga, 50, of the centre-left Social Democratic Party, is a senator. She entered politics 20 years ago, initally served as a local councillor and won popularity as head of a consumer organisation. Keystone Simonetta Sommaruga has a degree in humanities and trained as a concert pianist. Her supporters praise her capacity to forge compromises, but her opponents say she has betrayed party doctrine. Keystone Johann Schneider-Ammann, in parliament for 11 years, represents the business community as a member of the centre-right Radical Party. Keystone Johann Schneider-Ammann, 58, is the chairman of an engineering company and is well connected in the business world. Keystone Karin Keller-Sutter is a member of the St Gallen cantonal government for the centre-right Radical Party. She has been in charge of the police and justice department for the past ten years. Keystone Karin Keller-Sutter made a name for herself with measures to clamp down on football hooligans. Her opponents call her "the Iron Lady". Keystone Jean-François Rime, 60, is the official rightwing challenger. He owns a saw mill in western Switzerland and has been a member of the House of Representatives for seven years. Keystone Jean-François Rime flanked by the president and the head of the parliamentary group of his Swiss People's Party. Keystone Brigit Wyss, 50, a member of the House of Representatives for the Green Party since 2007 is challenging the seat of the Radicals. Keystone Brigit Wyss (left) pipped Geri Müller and Marlies Bänziger (right) in the race for the cabinet seat. Keystone Six candidates are standing for two vacant cabinet seats. This content was published on September 7, 2010 - 11:16 September 7, 2010 - 11:16 Share Facebook Twitter E-mail Print Copy link Parliament will take its pick during the autumn session, on September 22. (All images Keystone) You can find an overview of ongoing debates with our journalists here. Please join us! If you want to start a conversation about a topic raised in this article or want to report factual errors, email us at email@example.com. Sort by Newest first Oldest first Load more More More Swiss Films Advent Calendar This content was published on Dec 10, 2023 Dec 10, 2023 This year we’re presenting one film from our Swiss Films selection every day leading up to Christmas Day.