Kagodu Thimmappa (born 10 September 1932)[1] is an Indian retired politician who was the 21st speaker of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly and member of the Indian National Congress and a former member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly elected from the Sagar. He became the Speaker of the 14th Assembly in May 2013.[2] He served as the Minister of Revenue and Muzrai in the Siddaramaiah cabinet between 2016 and 2018, before retiring from active politics.[3]

Kagodu Thimmappa
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Thimmappa at a Wikipedia workshop, 2013
Minister for Revenue and Muzrai, Government of Karnataka
In office
20 June 2016 – May 2018
Preceded bySrinivasa Prasad
Succeeded byR. V. Deshpande
Speaker of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly
In office
31 May 2013 – 20 June 2016
GovernorVajubhai Vala
Preceded byK. G. Bopaiah
Succeeded byK. B. Koliwad
Personal details
Born (1932-09-10) 10 September 1932 (age 87)
Kagodu, Sagara, Kingdom of Mysore (now in Karnataka, India)
Political partyIndian National Congress

Early life and educationEdit

Kagodu Thimmappa was born in Kagodu, Sagar Taluk, Karnataka, 18 kilometres (11 mi) from Sagar Town. He was the third son of Savaji Beera Nayaka and Byramma. He completed his primary education in nearby Hirenallur and High school studies in Sagar. Then he took B.Com., B.L. Degrees in Bangalore. He worked as a lawyer in Sagar for some time.

Originally Thimmappa was an agriculturist by profession. Dr. Rama Manohar Lohia, George Fernandes, Gopala Gowda and other socialist leaders were his political influences during his younger days.[4]

Political careerEdit

He was interested in Social Service. He was a member of Taluk Board from 1961 where and then worked as the President of Taluk Board from 1967 to 1974. He was a member of both Fifth Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council in 1980 and later served as Minister for Food and Forest in Sri Gundu Rao Ministry and then became the Minister of Public Works during the same year.

He was the founding President, Sanjay Polytechnic, Sagar, (2 terms), founding President of Janata Educational Society, member of 9th Legislative Assembly, chairman of Karnataka Housing Board in Veerendra Patil and S.Bangarappa Government, later he served as Minister for Social Welfare in the cabinet of Veerappa Moily.[5]

He was elected to the 10th Legislative Assembly, then re-elected to the 11th Assembly from Sagar Constituency in 1999 and appointed as Minister for Social Welfare, Horticulture, Family Welfare & Health and Information in the Council of Ministers headed by S. M. Krishna on 17 October 1999. He was appointed also the President of Congress Nadige Janara Balige (Congress march towards people) Programme on 16 July 2011 by the Karnataka Pradrsha Congress Committee. He traveled across the Karnataka state and made the program successful. Later he was elected to the 14th Legislative Assembly from Sagar Constituency and unanimously elected as Speaker of Karnataka Assembly on 31 May 2013. He served as the minister for Revenue department between June 2016 after the cabinet reshuffle, and May 2018.[6][7] He lost his seat at the 2018 election to Hartalu Halappa by a margin 8,093 votes.[8] Two months later he announced his retirement from active politics.[3]


  1. ^ "Kagodu Thimmappa bio" (PDF). kla.kar.nic.in. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Kagodu Thimmappa elected as the new Speaker of Karnataka Assembly". NDTV. 31 May 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Kagodu retires from active politics". The Hindu. 31 July 2018. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Kagodu Thimmappa(Indian National Congress(INC)):Constituency- SAGAR(SHIMOGA) - Affidavit Information of Candidate:". myneta.info. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  5. ^ "ಸದನಕ್ಕೆ ಈಗ ಸಮಾಜವಾದಿ `ಮೇಷ್ಟ್ರು' | ಪ್ರಜಾವಾಣಿ". prajavani.net. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Karnataka Legislative Assembly". kla.kar.nic.in. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  7. ^ H.C. Boralingaiah (ed.). The Book of Tribute - Harikara Kagodu Thimmappa. Kagodu Thimmappa Abhinandana Samiti.
  8. ^ "Overconfidence, polarisation did Congress veteran Kagodu Thimmappa in". The New Indian Express. 17 May 2018. Retrieved 1 August 2018.