(1948 - )
Ronnie Bar-On was
born in Tel
Aviv in 1948. He completed his IDF service with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel
and served as Justice in the Military Court
of Appeals in Judea, Samaria and Gaza. An
attorney by profession, he holds a law degree
from the Hebrew
University of Jerusalem.
Bar-On has served, among others, as Chairman
of the Council for the Organization of Sport-Gambling
(1998-2001), member of the Central Committee
of the Israel Bar (1995-2003) and the Jerusalem
Regional Committee of the Israeli Bar, as
well as a member of the Council for the Administrative
Courts, the Advisory Commission to the Government
Companies Authority, and the Public Defenders
Commission. In addition, he served as Chairman
of Administration of Beitar Yerushalayim
and a member of the Administration of the
Israel Football Association.
Elected to the 16th Knesset in 2003, he
served as Chairman of the House Committee,
and a member of the Constitution, Law and
Justice and State Control Committees, as
well as a substitute member of the Foreign
Affairs and Defense Committee and a member
of the Parliamentary Inquiry Committee on
Violence in Sports and of the Environmental
In January 2006, Ronnie Bar-On was appointed
Minister of National Infrastructures and
Minister of Science and Technology.
In May 2006, reelected to the
Knesset on the Kadima list, Bar-On was
appointed Minister of the Interior, serving until July 2007 when he was appointed Minister of Finance, a position he held until 2009.
In the lead-up to the 2013 elections, Bar-On announced that he would not be contesting his seat and subsequently retired from political life.
He is married and the father of three.
Sources: Israeli Foreign Ministry