Jaak Aab (born 9 April 1960) is an Estonian politician of the Centre Party who has been serving as the Minister of Education and Research since 2020. He previously served twice as the Minister of Public Administration from 2017 to 2018 and 2019 to 2020 and as the Minister of Social Affairs (Estonia) from 2005 to 2007.[1]

Jaak Aab
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Jaak Aab in 2021
Minister of Public Administration
Assumed office
26 January 2021
Prime MinisterKaja Kallas
Preceded byAnneli Ott
In office
29 April 2019 – 25 November 2020
Prime MinisterJüri Ratas
Preceded byJanek Mäggi
Succeeded byAnneli Ott
In office
12 June 2017 – 2 May 2018
Prime MinisterJüri Ratas
Preceded byMihhail Korb
Succeeded byJanek Mäggi
Minister of Education and Research
In office
25 November 2020 – 26 January 2021
Prime MinisterJüri Ratas
Preceded byMailis Reps
Succeeded byLiina Kersna
Minister of Social Affairs
In office
13 April 2005 – 5 April 2007
Prime MinisterAndrus Ansip
Preceded byMarko Pomerants
Succeeded byMaret Maripuu
Personal details
Born (1960-04-09) 9 April 1960 (age 62)
Taagepera, Estonian SSR
Political partyEstonian Centre Party
Alma materTallinn University


Jaak Aab attended school in Ala (Helme Parish in Valga County) and in Viljandi. After graduating from high school in 1978, he studied to become a teacher in Russian language and literature from 1978 to 1986 at the Pedagogical Institute in Tallinn (Tallinna Pedagoogiline Instituut, today known as the University of Tallinn). From 1984 to 1991, he was active as a teacher in Ala and Võhma. From 1991 to 1994, Aab worked in Finland.

Upon returning to Estonia, Aab started working in politics. From November 1994 to January 1996, he served as a senior mayor of the city of Võhma. From August 1998 to February 2002, Aab held the office of senior mayor. From February 2002 to March 2003, Aab was the representative in the Estonian Parliament (Riigikogu). From July 2003 to April 2005, he was the executive director of the Association of Estonian Cities and Muncipilaties (Eesti Linnade ja Valdade Liit), before Prime Minister Andrus Ansip appointed him to his cabinet in 2005. From 13 April 2005 to 5 April 2007, Jaak Aab was the Minister of Social Affairs of the Republic of Estonia.[2]

Since April 2007, Aab has been a representative of the Estonian Parliament and acting chairman of the Social Committee.

Personal lifeEdit

Jaak Aab was married to teacher Kaie Aab (born 1958). The couple had two daughters. Since 2020 is married to Marian Aab (née Kullerkupp).


  1. ^ "Minister Jaak Aab". Ministry of Education and Research. Archived from the original on 25 November 2020. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  2. ^ "Minister of Public Administration Jaak Aab". Government of the Republic of Estonia. Retrieved 2020-01-10.

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