Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf was born on 16 March 1956 and grew up in Felsberg with her two sisters.
After legal studies in Zurich, in 1981 she returned to her native Canton of Graubünden where she was admitted to the bar, practicing as a lawyer and notary public. She obtained a doctorate from the University of Zurich in 1990. During this period, she was married and had three children. She became a grandmother in November 2011.
Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf worked as a self-employed lawyer and notary public from 1987 to 1998. She was elected to the district court of Trin in 1985, and presided from 1991 to 1997. As a member of the Graubünden Cantonal Parliament from 1994 to 1998, she worked on several committees. On 15 March 1998, she was elected to the cantonal government. She headed the Cantonal Finance and Communes Department from 1 January 1999 to 31 December 2007. During this time, she was twice elected as President of the Graubünden Cantonal Council (in 2001 and 2005).
On 12 December 2007, the United Federal Assembly elected Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf Federal Councillor. She assumed office as Head of the Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP) on 1 January 2008. She changed to the Federal Department of Finance on 1 November 2010. On 8 December 2010, she was elected by the United Federal Assembly as Vice-President of the Federal Council for 2011, and on 14 December 2011 as President of the Swiss Confederation for 2012.
Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf has worked on numerous administrative commissions in her political career up to now. From 2001 to 2007, she presided the Conference of Cantonal Finance Directors. She was also a member of the Executive Committee of the Conference of Cantonal Governments, and between 2004 and 2007 she sat on the Bank Council of the Swiss National Bank.
Federal Councillor Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf is a member of BDP Switzerland.