National Council of Switzerland
Christa Markwalder started her political career as a Member of the Municipal Council of Burgdorf in Switzerland and the Parliament of the Canton of Berne. In 2003, she was elected Member of the National Council, the House of Representatives in the Swiss Parliament, for the Liberal Democratic Party (FDP.Die Liberalen). She was re-elected in 2007 and 2011. Markwalder currently serves on the National Council's Foreign Affairs Committee, serving as Chair in 2010 and 2011, as well as on the Committee for Legal Affairs and on the Federal Assembly's Committee on Pardons. She is also President of the Parliamentary Association Switzerland-USA and co-chairs various parliamentary groups on renewable energy, ecologically sustainable economies, relations with Eastern Europe and promotion of voluntary work. Since 2008, she has been Head of Government and Industry Affairs Switzerland with the Zurich Insurance Group. Markwalder graduated with degrees in Law and General Ecology from the University of Berne in Switzerland and Nijmegen University in the Netherlands.