Semra Sezer (née Kürümoğlu; born August 17, 1944) is a Turkish school teacher by profession and was the First Lady of Turkey from May 16, 2000 until August 28, 2007 during the presidency of her husband Ahmet Necdet Sezer.

Semra Sezer
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First Lady of Turkey
In role
May 16, 2000 – August 28, 2007
PresidentAhmet Necdet Sezer
Preceded byNazmiye Demirel
Succeeded byHayrünnisa Gül
Personal details
Semra Kürümoğlu

(1944-08-17) August 17, 1944 (age 78)
SpouseAhmet Necdet Sezer (m. 1964)
ChildrenZeynep, Ebru and Levent
ResidenceGölbaşı, Ankara
Alma materAnkara University, Law School
Atatürk Teachers' School
Hacettepe University
ProfessionSchool teacher

She was born on August 17, 1944 in Yenimahalle to the family of a bank officer, Kemal Kürümoğlu. She completed her secondary education in 1961 at the Yenimahalle High School in Ankara.[1][2][3]

She met her husband Ahmet Necdet Sezer during her student time at the Law School of Ankara University. The couple were engaged in 1963. She then left the Law School in her second year, and attended the Atatürk Teachers' School for Primary Education in Ankara to become a teacher.[2][4]

After the completion of her fiancé's military service, the couple married in 1964 and moved to Dicle town in Diyarbakır Province, where her husband was appointed as a judge. In 1966, she mothered their first child, a daughter named Zeynep. Later, the family moved to Yerköy in Yozgat Province due to Ahmet Necdet Sezer's next appointment. In Yerköy, the twins, daughter Ebru and son Levent, were born.[2][4]

In 1975, the family finally moved to Ankara, where they lived from then on. Following her service of more than 30 years, Semra Sezer attended Faculty of Education at the Hacettepe University graduating in 1996 with a bachelor's degree.[1] She became grandmother through the birth of her oldest daughter Zeynep's baby in 1998.[2][3]

Semra Sezer served as a teacher for primary school in Dicle, Yerköy and Ankara until her retirement on January 28, 2000.[1][2][4]

Semra Sezer is known for her modest way of life adequate to her husband's.[2] She did not color her gray hair, paint her nails or wear jewelry. During her time as the first lady, she also avoided the media. Once, she lined up for physical examination in the hospital that is not usual.[3][4]

Semra Sezer lives with her husband in Gölbaşı, Ankara.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Köşk'ün internet sitesine türban ayarı!!! bakın nasıl değişti?". Madta Faresi (in Turkish). 2007-09-03. Retrieved 2010-10-27.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Karaelmas, Nilay (2000-05-20). "Çankaya'da 2. Semra dönemi". NTV MSNBC (in Turkish). Retrieved 2010-10-27.
  3. ^ a b c d Çintay, Nur A. (2007-04-28). "Muhtemel 'first lady' ex hanımefendilerle". Radikal (in Turkish). Archived from the original on 2010-10-10. Retrieved 2010-10-27.
  4. ^ a b c d Aköz, Emre (2007-04-14). "Çankaya'da Sezer dönemi". Sabah (in Turkish). Retrieved 2010-10-26.