Hans Stöckli (born April 12, 1952) is a Swiss politician. He is a member of the Council of States and serves as the president of that house for the 51st legislature in 2019/2020. Previously, he was a member of the National Council of Switzerland from 2004 to 2011, a member of the Grand Council of Bern and the mayor of Biel.

Hans Stöckli
Hans Stöckli (2007).jpg
Member of the Council of States
Assumed office
5 December 2011
Preceded byAdrian Amstutz
President of the Council of States
Assumed office
2 December 2019
Preceded byJean-René Fournier
Member of the National Council of Switzerland
In office
20 September 2004 – 4 December 2011
Personal details
Born (1952-04-12) 12 April 1952 (age 67)
Wattenwil, Switzerland
Political partySocial Democratic Party of Switzerland

Stöckli entered politics in 1979 winning election to city city council of Biel. In 1990, he became mayor of the commune. In 2002, he moved to the Grand Council of Bern and, in 2004, was elected to the National Council to replace Rudolf Strahm, who had been appointed as the Swiss price regulator.[1][2]

He was re-elected in 2007 and then won election to the Council of States in 2011. He had written an essay in 1971 calling for the abolition of the body, which he said had grown stale at the time. In 2018, he was elected as Vice President of the chamber, which gave him the upper hand in the 2019 election. He was elected on December 2, 2019 with 49 out of 51 votes. [3]

Personal lifeEdit

Stöckli speaks all four official languages of Switzerland. [3]

He is married to Katharina Stöckli, a teacher.


  1. ^ "Official website of Hans Stöckli". Retrieved 2019-12-28.
  2. ^ "Watchdog Strahm bows out from friends and foes". SwissInfo. 2008-08-31.
  3. ^ a b "Ständeratspräsident Stöckli überrascht mit Geständnis". Tages Anzeiger (in German). 2019-12-02.

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Preceded by
Jean-René Fournier
President of the Council of States
Succeeded by