Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is widely believed to have appointed Seszták to replace Mrs. László Németh as National Development Minister with the explicit mission of reducing the power of Fidesz-affiliated oligarchs such as Lajos Simicska and the heads of major state-owned companies (see source A and B in Hungarian).
Seszták is a member of the Fidesz-affiliated Christian Democratic People’s Party.
Born in Budapest, though grew up and spent much of his adult life in the town of Kisvárda (population 17,000) in far eastern Hungary near the country’s tri-state border with Slovakia and Ukraine.
Graduated from the Franciscan High School in Esztergom and the Loránd Eötvös University School of Law and Political Sciences in Budapest.
Established a private law office and various businesses including the local Opel dealership in his hometown of Kisvárda after graduating from university.
Has served on the municipal council of Kisvárda since 1998.
Elected to the National Assembly as Christian Democratic People’s Party representative in 2010 and 2014.
Was the second wealthiest representative in the National Assembly in 2013 behind former finance minister János Veres of the Hungarian Socialist Party (source in Hungarian).
Has been president of the Hungarian Chess Federation since 2011.
Last updated: June 27, 2018.