Lou Yangsheng

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Lou Yangsheng
楼阳生
Governor of Shanxi
Assumed office
August 2016
SecretaryLuo Huining
Preceded byLi Xiaopeng
Personal details
BornOctober 1959 (age 59)
Pujiang, Zhejiang, China
Political partyCommunist Party of China
Alma materZhejiang Normal University
Zhejiang University

Lou Yangsheng (Chinese: 楼阳生; pinyin: Lóu Yángshēng; born October 1959) is a Chinese politician and current Governor of Shanxi province. Originally from Zhejiang province, Lou was the Communist Party Secretary of Lishui in his early career. He headed the party's propaganda department in Hainan before being transferred to Shanxi to become deputy party chief.

Biography[edit]

Lou Yangsheng was born in Pujiang County, Zhejiang, in 1959. During the Cultural Revolution, he worked as a sent-down youth in rural areas near his hometown. In March 1979, Lou was one of the first batch of students admitted to university after the restoration of the Gaokao exams under Deng Xiaoping. He attended Zhejiang Normal University and joined the Communist Party of China during his time at the university. He then worked as a middle school teacher in Longyou County. In 1984, Lou became the Communist Youth League secretary of county, beginning his political career.

Lou spent most of his political career in Zhejiang. He rose quickly in the Communist Youth League system, through 'acid tests' in Longyou County in the local party organization there. Then he was elevated to CYL leader of Quzhou, then CYL leader of Zhejiang province. In June 1997, he earned a Master's Business Administration (MBA) from Zhejiang University. In 1999, he began a short term as a visiting scholar at University of Houston in the United States. In November 1999, he left the CYL system to become mayor of Jinhua, then party chief the city of Lishui. During his terms in Jinhua and Lishui, Lou worked under the direction of then-Zhejiang party chief Xi Jinping. As such Lou has been named by political observers as a member of the "New Zhijiang Army", politicians who once worked under Xi and share his governing philosophies.

In January 2008, he became vice chair of the People's Political Consultative Conference of Zhejiang and the head of the province's United Front Department. In January 2009, Lou left Zhejiang to become a member of the provincial Party Standing Committee of Hainan and the province's party organization department head; in February 2010 he became concurrently the secretary of the Education Work Commission of the province. In 2012 he was transferred again, this time to Hubei, to serve on the standing committee there and also as head of the provincial organization department.[1]

After the Shanxi "political earthquake" of 2014 which led to the demise of many top officials in the province, Lou was transferred to Shanxi province to become deputy party chief; he replaced Jin Daoming, who was dismissed due to corruption.[2] On August 30, 2016, Lou was appointed acting governor of Shanxi province; he was confirmed as governor on November 28.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "李秀领任海南省委常委 楼阳生任湖北省委常委". Tencent. Retrieved 2012-05-01.
  2. ^ "袁纯清:楼阳生来山西工作是中央正确决策". Shanxi Daily. June 20, 2014.
  3. ^ "Rising stars emerge in Communist Party reshuffle as Xi Jinping paves way for 2017 party congress". South China Morning Post. 30 August 2016.
Political offices
Preceded by
Li Xiaopeng
Governor of Shanxi
2016–present
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Jin Daoming
Deputy Party Secretary of Shanxi
2014–2016
Succeeded by
Huang Xiaowei