Former mayor of Jerusalem
Ehud Olmert is now serving in his second term as Mayor
of Jerusalem following re-election with a 62% majority in November,
1998. He first assumed office in November 1993, when he defeated the
incumbent Teddy Kollek with a 60% majority.
Ehud Olmert resigned from the Knesset following his re-election as Mayor of Jerusalem in November, 1998 due to the introduction of legislation that prevents Knesset Members from holding concurrent public offices.
Mr. Olmert is a graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with degrees in Psychology, Philosophy and Law. He has had his own successful law practice in Israel.
Between the years 1981-1988, Mr. Olmert served as a member of the prestigious Foreign Affairs and Security Committee in the Knesset. During his career as MK, Ehud Olmert served as Minister of Minorities (1988-1990), a Minister in the Israeli Cabinet under Yitzhak Shamir (1988-1992), and later as Minister of Health (1990-1992). His service as Minister of Health is especially remembered for the extensive reform of the health system that he oversaw and implemented.
During his first term as Mayor, the status of Jerusalem came to the fore on the public agenda, and much of his time he devoted to the initiation and advancement of major projects in the City.
During the last eight years in office, Mr. Olmert has dedicated himself to the development and improvement of the education system in the City, which is the largest and most extensive in Israel and to the development of road infrastructure including many new arterial roads in the city, an overall investment of some three billion shekels.
The budgets of cultural institutions and for cultural events in Israel's capital have been increased dramatically; a new northern stand and thousands of additional seats have been added to the Jerusalem main soccer stadium and in the coming years, another southern stand will be built, doubling the capacity of the venue.
The Mayor sees as a top priority, the development of the light rail system in Jerusalem and will oversee the investment of millions of shekels in the development of mass transportation options for the City. Jerusalem will become the first city in the country with a light rail system, bringing it to the standards of other modern western cities in the world.
Mr. Olmert is a frequent and sought-after guest on panels, interviews and television talk shows worldwide where he represents Jerusalem as the eternal and undivided capital of the State of Israel and the Jewish people, a position strongly supported in the national consensus and the Jewish world.
Mr. Olmert is married and the father of four.