MK Isaac Herzog

Member of the Knesset,

 Leader of the Opposition

Isaac Herzog, son of former Israeli President Chaim Herzog, was elected in November 2013 as Chairman of the Labor Party. In this capacity he also holds the position of Leader of the Opposition in the Knesset. Prior to this, MK Herzog served as the Chairman of the Labor Party Parliamentary Group in the Knesset and was responsible for the coordination of the members of the opposition. He was originally elected to the 16th Knesset in 2003 as a member of the Labor Party where he served as a member of the Knesset Finance, Internal Affairs and Environment, and Anti-Drug Abuse Committees. In January 2005, MK Herzog was appointed for the first time to a cabinet position in the Israeli government, serving as the Minister of Housing and Construction. In May 2006, he was appointed Minister of Tourism, and in March 2007 he was appointed Minister of Welfare and Social Services & Minister of the Jewish Diaspora, Society, and the Fight against Anti-Semitism. As Minister of Welfare and Social Services, he made significant progress regarding children-at-risk, the absorption of people with disabilities into the workforce, and enhancement of the quality of life of the elderly, as well as a complete reform of the services offered to Holocaust survivors, the reinforcement of the social safety-net ,and more. In February 2009, he began his second term as Minister of Welfare and Social Services.  In January 2011, he resigned from the government but continued to serve as an MK and was a member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, the Constitution, Law, and Justice Committee, and the Education, Culture, and Sports committee.