Mr. Mihai Ghimpu was born on November 19, 1951 in village of Colonita, municipality of Chisinau. Mihai Ghimpu graduated from Secondary School no. 1 of Chisinau (now the Romanian-French lyceum “Gheorghe Asachi”), then the Faculty of Law of the State University of Moldova. He started working in 1978. Until 1990, Mr. Ghimpu worked as a lawyer, head of the legal department at various state enterprises in Chisinau. In 1984-1985 he held the position of judge at the Riscani District Court, the municipality of Chisinau.
During 1990-1994 Mr. Ghimpu was a deputy in the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, Vice-President of the Commission for Legal Issues, Appointments and Immunities. He acted as Interim Chairman of the Commission for Legal Issues, Appointments and Immunities during 1992-1993. He was a member of the Moldovan Parliamentary delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation in 1993-1994. He was Member of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, member of the Commission on Human Rights in the period 1994-1998. Ghimpu was member of the Moldovan parliamentary delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in 1995-1998.
Mr. Ghimpu was a lawyer, founder and head of the Bar Association “Credo” since 1998 until 2009. He was councillor of Chisinau Municipal Council, the leader of the Liberal Party faction in the Chisinau Municipal Council during 2007-2009; Chairman of the Chisinau Municipal Council in the period 2007-2008; Member of the Moldovan Parliament from April 2009 to December 2010; Chairman of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova during August 28, 2009 – December 28, 2010.
In the period September 11, 2009 – December 28, 2010 Mr. Ghimpu served as Acting President of the Republic of Moldova.
Social-political activity: 1988 – co-founder of the Democratic Movement – Popular Front of Moldova (PFM), Chairman of the PFM Executive Committee; 1993 – co-founder of the Congress of Intellectuals, Vice President and Executive Secretary of the Congress of Intellectuals (Party of Democratic Forces); since 1998 – in office of Chairman of the Liberal Party; 2010 – co-founder of the Community of Democracies Parliamentary Forum (Vilnius, Lithuania).
Mr. Ghimpu was decorated with the following awards: National Order Order “Steaua Romaniei” (Star of Romania), the Sash rank, Order of “Sfintul Gheorge” (St. Gheorghe) Bessarabian Church, medal “Meritul Civic” (Civic Merit).
Mihai Ghimpu is married.