Lena Hallengren was today appointed as new Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality. Ms Hallengren was Deputy Minister for Education, with responsibility for preschools, youth issues and adult learning, in 2002–2006.
She has since held several leading posts in the Riksdag. During the previous electoral period, she was Deputy Chair of the Committee on Health and Welfare and the Swedish Social Democratic Party spokesperson on social policy issues, with responsibilities including medical care, care of the elderly and disability policy.
She has been a member of the Riksdag since 2006 and chair of several committees, most recently the Committee on Education.