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Maciej Płażyński (Polish pronunciation: [ˈmatɕɛj pwaˈʐɨɲskʲi]; 10 February 1958 – 10 April 2010) was a Polish liberal-conservative politician.

Maciej Płażyński
Maciej Płażyński Kancelaria Senatu 2005.jpg
Marshal of the Sejm
4th Marshal of the Sejm of The Third Republic of Poland
In office
20 October 1997 – 18 October 2001
PresidentAleksander Kwaśniewski
Prime MinisterJerzy Buzek
Preceded byJózef Zych
Succeeded byMarek Borowski
Chairman of the Civic Platform
1st Chairman of the Civic Platform Party
In office
18 October 2001 – 1 June 2003
Preceded byNone
Succeeded byDonald Tusk
Parliamentary Leader of the Civic Platform
1st Leader of the Civic Platform in the Sejm
In office
18 October 2001 – 1 June 2003
Preceded byNone
Succeeded byDonald Tusk
Personal details
Born(1958-02-10)10 February 1958
Młynary, People's Republic of Poland
Died10 April 2010(2010-04-10) (aged 52)
near Smolensk, Russia
Political partyIndependent (2003–2010)
Civic Platform (2001–2003)
Solidarity Electoral Action (–2001)
Spouse(s)Elżbieta Płażyńska
Candles in front of the house of Maciej Płażyński in Gdańsk, after his tragic death.
Maciej Plazynski tomb in St. Mary's Church, Gdańsk
Plaque to Maciej Płażyński commemorating on the wall of his former parliamentary office in Gdańsk.
In this building at ulica Szeroka in Gdańsk was the parliamentary office of the deceased.

Płażyński was born in Młynary. He began his political career in 1980 / 1981 as one of the leaders of the Students' Solidarity; he was governor of the Gdańsk Voivodship from August 1990 to July 1996, and was elected to the Sejm (the lower house of the Polish parliament) in September 1997. To date he is longest serving Marshal of the Sejm of the Third Republic of Poland

In January 2001, he founded the Civic Platform political party with Donald Tusk and Andrzej Olechowski. He left Civic Platform for personal reasons and at the time of his death was an independent MP. He was member of Kashubian-Pomeranian Association. He was later chosen as a chairman of the Association "Polish Community".

Maciej Płażyński was married to Elżbieta Płażyńska and together they had three children: Jakub, Katarzyna, and Kacper.

He was listed on the flight manifest[1] of the Tupolev Tu-154 of the 36th Special Aviation Regiment carrying the President of Poland Lech Kaczyński which crashed while landing at Smolensk-North airport near Pechersk near Smolensk, Russia, on 10 April 2010, killing all aboard.


Honours and awardsEdit

In 2000, Płażyński was awarded the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, First Class. He received the titles of honorary citizen of Młynary, Puck, Pionki and Lidzbark Warmiński.

On 16 April 2010 he was posthumously awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta. He was also awarded a Gold Medal of Gloria Artis.

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