Thawar Chand Gehlot
|13th Governor of Karnataka|
|Assumed office |
11 July 2021
|Preceded by||Vajubhai Vala|
|Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment|
26 May 2014 – 8 July 2021
|Prime Minister||Narendra Modi|
|Preceded by||Mallikarjun Kharge|
|Succeeded by||Virendra Kumar Khatik|
|27th Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha|
11 June 2019 – 6 July 2021
|Preceded by||Arun Jaitley|
|Succeeded by||Piyush Goyal|
|Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha|
3 April 2012 – 7 July 2021
|Succeeded by||L. Murugan|
|Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha|
|Preceded by||Phool Chand Verma|
|Succeeded by||Constituency abolished|
|Constituency||Shajapur, Madhya Pradesh|
Thaawar Chand Gehlot
18 May 1948
Rupeta, Nagda, Central India Agency, Dominion of India (present-day Madhya Pradesh, India)
|Political party||Bharatiya Janata Party|
|National Democratic Alliance|
|Residence(s)||Raj Bhavan, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India|
|Alma mater||Vikram University|
Thawar Chand Gehlot (born 18 May 1948) is an Indian politician who is the current and 13th Governor of Karnataka, being the first person serving as the Governor of Karnataka from Madhya Pradesh. He assumed office of the Governor of Karnataka on July 11, 2021. He also served as the Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment from 2014 to 2021. He was also the Leader of the House in the upper house of Indian Parliament. He was a member of the Parliamentary Board and the Central Election Committee of the BJP.
Gehlot was born in a Dalit family in the village of Rupeta in Nagda in the Central India Agency of the Dominion of India, which is in present-day Madhya Pradesh, India. He is a senior member of Bharatiya Janata Party. He had assumed ministerial berth a number of times in the union government.
He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree from Vikram University, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh.
He was a member of the Rajya Sabha, upper house of Indian Parliament representing the state of Madhya Pradesh. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University of Social Sciences. He formerly represented Shajapur in the lower house of Indian Parliament, Lok Sabha from 1996 to 2009. He served as the Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerement, in Modi's 2nd cabinet. He is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and was also the general secretary of the party.
Further on July 6, 2021, Thawar Chand Gehlot was appointed as the 19th Governor of Karnataka.