Ruth Metzler Ehemann: She is Ruth Metzler-Arnold, a Swiss businesswoman and politician. She was born on May 23, 1964, in Sursee and grew up in Reiden/ehemals Richenthal, Willisau, and Balgach (CVP). She served as a member of the Bundesrat from 1999 to 2003 and was in charge of the Eidgenössische Justiz- und Polizeidepartment.
From 1977 through 1984, Metzler attended school in Willisau and Sursee. From 1984 to 1989, she studied law at the University of Freiburg and graduated with a licence. After finishing their studies, they moved to Appenzell Innerrhoden, an eastern Swiss canton. Metzler worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers in St.
Gallen from 1990 until 1999 as a financial analyst. Diploma as an EDG-diplomated Wirtschaftsprüferin was awarded to her in 1994. She lived and worked in Bern, Paris, and Basel at the same time. She and Lukas Metzler were married from 1991 till 2010. She lives in Appenzell with her husband, Stephan Zimmermann, since 2015.
Metzler served as a district judge from 1992 to 1995, and as a cantonal judge from 1995 to 1996, as a side job. In 1996, the Landsgemeinde of Appenzell Innerrhoden elected her to the Standing Committee of the Kantons Appenzell Innerrhoden and named her “Frau Säckelmeister” (Vorsteherin of the Finance Department).
In Appenzell Innerrhoden, the Appenzell Innerrhoden Government Office is not a full-time office and allows for other governmental and professional activities.Arnold Koller and Flavio Cotti, both CVP Bundesräts, resigned from their posts at the same time in the spring of 1999.
This gave the party the opportunity to bring in two new members of the House of Representatives as Lokomotives only nine months before the official elections. The CVP-Fraktion was able to fulfil their own demand for another woman in local government thanks to the double majority, which they had first expressed a year before at the replacement election for FDP-Bundesrat Jean-Pascal Delamuraz.
The Fraktion offered the women’s candidates for Koller’s successor a vote, while the men’s candidates for Cotti’s successor were up for grabs. To help out with the project, Ruth Metzler-Arnold offered her services together with St. Galler Volkswirtschaftsdirektorin Rita Roos.
Metzler was little unknown outside of East Switzerland, although he was active in inter-regional meetings and eidgenössischen expert committees. She was elected as the newest member of the House of Representatives since Numa Droz (elected in 1875) in the fourth round of voting on March 11, 1999, with an eight-vote majority (126:118).
The support of Westschweizer MPs was pivotal in the race to unseat Flavio Cotti and install Freiburger Joseph Deiss as Flavio Cotti’s successor. It seemed like he would have a better chance of winning had Ruth Metzler been elected instead of him, who was seen as an advocate for the economy. She was re-elected in the general election on December 15th, 1999.
EJPD was taken over by the state government in the form of the Eidgenössische Justiz- und Polizeidepartment. There were many current matters to be dealt with, including the influx of refugees as a result of the Kosovo conflict. In the following years, all 14 EJPD-submitted legislative proposals were accepted by the public.
Furthermore, Metzler pushed through the negotiations for Switzerland’s accession to the Schengen and Dublin Treaties with the European Union. In 2003, Metzler served as the Bundesrat’s Vice President.The CVP lost more seats in the 2003 Nationalratselections.
The SVP, on the other hand, remained steadfast. She reclaimed her right to a second seat in the legislature and nominated him to succeed her party’s leader, Christoph Blocher. The SVP had already taken the first of the two CVP seats in the Bundesrat’s overall renewal elections on December 10th, 2003.
Before Joseph Deiss was elected in 1999, Ruth Metzler was the first of the two CVP-Magistraten to be returned. Blocher was beaten by a five-vote margin (116:121). When Metzler was elected in 1876, he was just the third member of the Bundesrates who was never re-elected after Ulrich Ochsenbein in 1854 and Jean-Jacques Challet-Venel in 1872.
Four years later, Christoph Blocher was not reelected either. Ruth Metzler-Arnold accepted a teaching position at the University of St. Gallen in 2004/05 after leaving the Bundesrat. In April 2005, she was named head of the legal department and a member of Novartis France’s board of directors.