Members of Parliament
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 Anita Fetz (SP)
Anita Fetz (*1957) is a historian and has been a State Councillor for Basel-Stadt since 2003. She is a member of the Committee for Science, Education and Culture, the Committee for Economic Affairs and Taxation, the Finance Committee, and the Finance Delegation. She was in the National Council from 1999 to 2003, where she was also a first-time member from 1985 to 1989. In addition, she was a member of the Basel Grand Council from 1984 to 1989 and from 1997 to 2004.
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, the Judicial Committee as well as the Committee for Legal Affairs. She was also a member of the Grand Council from 2005 to 2016.
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. 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 Grand Council (1984-1995) and the Citizens’ Town Council (1981-1989).
Sebastian Frehner (SVP)
Sebastian Frehner (*1973) holds a doctorate in law. He has been in the National Council since 2010. He is a member of the Committee for Social Security and Health, the Judicial Committee and the Finance Committee. From 2004 and 2014 he was a member of the Grand Council.
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, Land Use and Energy, and the Committee for Economic Affairs and Taxation. He was in the Grand Council from 2001 to 2011.
Silvia Schenker (SP)
Silvia Schenker (*1954) is a social worker and has been in the National Council since 2003. She is a member of the Committee for Social Security and Health. She was also in the Grand Council from 1995 to 2004.