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Mars Di Bartolomeo
Minister of Health
Minister of Social Security
Mars Di Bartolomeo was born on 27 June 1952 in Dudelange.
After his secondary education at the Lycée de garçons in Esch-sur-Alzette, he was a journalist at Tageblatt from 1972 to 1984.
Appointed Parliamentary Secretary of the LSAP (Luxembourg Socialist Workers’ Party) in 1984 to replace Robert Goebbels who had become a member of the Government, Mars Di Bartolomeo first stood for a seat in the municipal elections of 1987, when he was voted onto the Dudelange council. In the wake of this, he was elected to the Chamber of Deputies in 1989.
He was re-elected to the Chamber in 1994 and found himself promoted to Mayor of the town of Dudelange after the municipal elections in October 1993. He took office on 1 January 1994 and also retained the post after the October 1999 elections. Four months earlier, the voters in the South constituency gave him a third term of office in the Chamber of Deputies.
Mars Di Bartolomeo has published a tax guide in collaboration with Jeannot Krecké. He has also become deeply involved in social issues, the problems of economic diversification and the promotion of cultural activities in Luxembourg’s mining region.
From 2000, he fulfilled the role of chairman of the South constituency of the LSAP and was elected First Chairman of Pro-Sud, the association for the promotion of the south of Luxembourg.
Following the elections on 13 June 2004, Mars Di Bartolomeo was appointed Minister of Health and Minister of Social Security on 31 July 2004.