Members of the National Council and Council of States
There are two chambers of parliament in Switzerland: the National Council and the Council of States. The members of both chambers are elected by the people every four years. Together, the two chambers constitute the Federal Assembly. The members of the Federal Assembly in turn elect the members of the Federal Government – the seven Federal Councillors – for a four-year term.
On the following pages you will find brief portraits of the members of parliament who represent the canton Basel-Stadt.
Council of States
The Council of States represents the cantons and has 46 members. As cantons entitled to a half-vote, Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft are represented by one member each.
State Councillor Eva Herzog (SP)
Eva Herzog (*1961) holds a doctorate in history and has been a State Councillor for Basel-Stadt since 2019. She is a member of the Finance Committee (FC-S), the Finance Delegation (FinDel), the Science, Education and Culture Committee (SECC-S), the Transport and Telecommunications Committee (TTC-S) and the Legislature Planning Committee (LPC-S). From 2005 to 2020 she was a State Councillor and head of the Department of Finance. Previously, she was a member of the Constitutional Council from 1999 to 2003 and a member of the Grand Council of the canton of Basel-Stadt from 2001 to 2005.
The National Council has 200 members and represents the interests of the people. The number of seats is assigned according to the size of each canton’s population. The canton of Basel-Stadt is represented in the National Council by five members.
Sibel Arslan (Green Alliance of Basel-Stadt)
Sibel Arslan (1980*) is a lawyer and has been in the National Council since 2015. She is a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC-N), the Judicial Committee (JC), the Delegation of the Council of Europe as well as the Committee for Legal Affairs (LAC-N). She was also a member of the Grand Council of the canton of Basel-Stadt from 2005 to 2016.
Mustafa Atici (SP)
Mustafa Atici (*1969) is an independent consultant and entrepreneur. He has been a member of the National Council since 2019 and there he is a member of the Science, Education and Culture Committee (SECC-N). He was on the Grand Council of the canton of Basel-Stadt from 2005 to 2019.
Katja Christ (GLP)
Katja Christ (*1972) is a lawyer. Since 2019 she has been a member of the National Council, since 2018 a member of the Riehen Residents' Council and since 2014 a member of the Grand Council of the canton of Basel-Stadt. She is a member of the Control Committee (CC-N) and the Transport and Telecommunications Committee (TTC-N).
Christoph Eymann (LDP)
Christoph Eymann (1951*) holds a doctorate in law. He has been a member of the National Council since 2015, and was a first-time member from 1991 to 2001. He is a member of the Committee for Science, Education and Culture (SECC-N) and the Legal Affairs Committee (LAC-N). From 2001 to 2017, he was a member of Basel-Stadt’s Cantonal Council. Previously, he was a member of the Constitutional Council (1999-2001), the Parliament (1984-1995) and the Citizens’ Town Council (1981-1989).
Beat Jans (SP)
Beat Jans (*1964) holds a degree in environmental sciences and has been in the National Council since 2010. He is a member of the Committee for the Environment, Spatial Planning and Energy (ESPEC-N). He was in the Parliament of the canton of Basel-Stadt from 2001 to 2011.