Avraham Shochat, a construction engineer by profession, was born in 1936 in Tel Aviv.
Shochat was a paratrooper in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), and has served as a branch director of Solel Boneh (the construction company of the Histadrut, Israel's General Federation of Labour) and a board member of Israel Aircraft Industries.
He was one of the founders of the city of Arad, and its mayor for more than two decades (1967-89). He served as the chairman of the first citizens' committee in Arad, Chairman of the Development Towns Council, and Deputy Chairman of the Union of Local Authorities.
Shochat became a Member of Knesset in 1988, serving as the Chairman of the Committee on Economy and later as Chairman of the Finance Committee.
From 1992-1996 he served as Minister of Finance. In July 1999 Shochat was again appointed Minister of Finance. In August 2000 he was also assigned the National Infrastructures portfolio. Shochat served in the Knesset until 2006.
He is married and has three children.
Sources: Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs