Mariusz Błaszczak [ˈmarʲjuʂ ˈbwaʂt͡ʂak] (born 19 September 1969, in Legionowo) is a Polish politician, historian, and local government representative. Since 16 November 2015 Blaszczak has been Interior minister of Poland.
He also completed his postgraduate studies in Local Government and Development (1997) as well as Management and Administration (2006). Subsequently, he served an internship in Ireland. During his studies he was a member of and served in an advisory capacity for the Independent Students' Association, the Catholic Academic Youth Association and the Center Alliance Party.
After completing his education he worked for the local government administration. As Deputy Mayor of the Wola District of Warsaw in 2002 - 2004, he was noted for his openness to dialogue. Błaszczak demonstrated unwaivering dedication to many projects, including the construction of sport centers by educational institutions.
In 2004, he was chosen Mayor of the Śródmieście District. His principal achievement as Mayor was the facilitation of cooperation and communication between the municipal authorities and the residential communities.
His other accomplishment was the initiation of a project for the revitalization of residential buildings in Śródmieście. On 31 October 2005, he was appointed Director of the Prime Minister's Office by Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz.
Mariusz Błaszczak is also a member of the Regional Board of Mazovia and the Law and Justice Party Political Council. He is currently serving as Chairperson of the parliamentary club (parliamentary group) of his party.
Since he effectively dispatched the seditious faction[clarification needed] within the Law and Justice Party, headed by Joanna Kluzik-Rostkowska and Elżbieta Jakubiak (a parliamentary association tagged as Polska Jest Najważniejsza - Poland Comes First), Mariusz Błaszczak has come to be regarded as Jarosław Kaczyński's right-hand man and his most loyal and trusted advisor.
In 2017, as Interior minister of Poland, while speaking to Polish Radio about the European refugee crisis, Błaszczak stated that thanks to Christianity there were leaders like "Charles the Hammer who stopped the Muslim invasion of Europe in VIII century". He called right-wing marches to mark Poland’s independence day a "beautiful sight".
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