Irman Gusman

Irman Gusman (born 11 February 1962) is an Indonesian politician and businessman. He is a former [1] speaker of the Regional Representative Council (DPD) of Indonesia,[2] who became the first Indonesian parliamentary leader to be elected for two consecutive terms. This earned him the nickname Pejuang daerah (lit. "Regional warrior", with "regional" as in the House of Regional Representatives).

Irman Gusman
Portrait of Irman Gusman
2nd Speaker of the Regional Representative Council
In office
1 October 2009 – 5 October 2016
Preceded byGinandjar Kartasasmita
Succeeded byOesman Sapta Odang
Personal details
Born (1962-02-11) 11 February 1962 (age 59)
Padang Panjang, West Sumatra, Indonesia
Spouse(s)Liestyana Rizal Gusman
  • Irviandari Alestya Gusman
  • Irviandra Fathan Gusman
  • Irvianjani Audria Gusman
Alma mater
ProfessionStatesman, businessman

Early lifeEdit

Gusman was born in Padang Panjang, West Sumatra[3] on 11 February 1962 to Gusman Gaus and Janimar Kamili. His father was rector of the Muhammadiyah University of West Sumatra, while his mother was the daughter of gold traders.

Gusman completed his undergraduate education at the Faculty of Economics of the Christian University of Indonesia (UKI), where he was chairman of the Student Senate. He subsequently obtained a Master of Business Administration at the Graduate School of Business of the University of Bridgeport.[citation needed]

Political careerEdit

Irman Gusman is one of the major political figures of the post-Suharto era. He fought for the need of recognition and accommodation of regional interests at the various state institutions. His political stance is based on Indonesia being a multicultural nation. Together with Ginandjar Kartasasmita and associates, Gusman was involved in the establishment of the House of Regional Representatives or Senate, a new checks and balances system within the national government system.[4]

Irman Gusman began his political career in 1999 as member of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR), representing West Sumatra. In 2004, he was elected member of the newly formed DPD, representing West Sumatra and became vice-chairman of the DPD with chairman Ginandjar Kartasasmita its speaker.[5] Irman was elected chairman of the DPD on 2 October 2009, having received 81 votes over his opponent Laode Ida's 46 votes. He began his second term on 2 October 2014, after winning from police general (retired) Farouk Muhammad of West Nusa Tenggara province, with 66 against 53 votes.

On 5 October 2016 Irman was officially discharged from his role as speaker following his controversial Sept. 17 arrest for allegedly accepting bribes. He was later sentenced to 4 years and 6 months in jail by Central Jakarta Graft Court, but its verdict was annulled on Sept 24, 2019 by the Supreme Court.[6]

According to,[7] the Supreme Court verdict was the reason Irman Gusman was released from prison on Sept. 26, 2019 because the verdict gave him only three years jail term whereas by the time the verdict was issued, Irman had passed that three year period. The Supreme Court verdict also cancelled the Central Jakarta court's verdict as well as all the graft charges that had been slapped on him by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK),[8] the reason Irman Gusman was able to leave Sukamiskin prison in Bandung on Sept. 26 and he is now a free man.

Business careerEdit

Positions held:

  • Expert Council passionate Minang (1999-2003)
  • General Treasurer ICMI (2000-2005)
  • Regional Chairman of the Economic Advisory Council Muhammadiyah West Sumatra Province (2000-2005)
  • Vice Chairman of the Board of ICMI (2005-2010)
  • Trustees of Andalas University in Padang
  • Trustees of West Sumatra Muhammadiyah University in Padang
  • Honorary Council ESQ
  • Commissioner of PT Padang Industrial Park (PIP)
  • Main Commissioner of PT Khage Lestari Timber
  • Main Commissioner of PT Sumatera Korea Motor
  • Commissioner of PT Abdi Bangsa, Tbk
  • Independent Commissioner of Media Nusantara Citra, Tbk
  • President Director of PT Prinavin Prakarsa
  • Main Commissioner of PT Guthri Pasaman Nusantara
  • Main Commissioner of PT Kopitime DotCom, Tbk

Personal lifeEdit

Irman married Liestyana Rizal Gusman from Sungai Batang, Maninjau. They have two daughters (Irviandari Alestya Gusman and Irvianjani Audreya Gusman) and a son (Irviandra Fathan Gusman).

Titles and honoursEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Irman Gusman Lashes Out at DPD After Being Dumped From Speaker Role". The Jakarta Globe. Jakarta. 6 October 2016.
  2. ^ "DPD Speaker Irman Gusman Attends Mikta Meeting in S. Korea" in Jakarta Globe
  3. ^ |title=Irman Gusman: CHANGE Now or Never |author=Ridwan Max Sijabat |newspaper=The Jakarta Post |place=Jakarta |date=22 March 2012
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Irman Gusman Biography at Ensiklopedi Tokoh Indonesia
  6. ^ "Bebas, Irman Gusman Tinggalkan Lapas dengan Senyuman | Sindo News". Sindo News (in Indonesian). Retrieved 2019-10-12.
  7. ^ {{Cite news|url=]
  8. ^ [2]
  9. ^ "Honorary British Awards to Foreign Nationals – 2012" (PDF).

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