Fikri Işık

Fikri Işık MP (born 13 September 1965) is a Turkish politician who has been the Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey since 19 July 2017. Previously he served as Minister of Science, Industry and Technology from 2013 to 2016 and Minister of National Defence from 2016 to 2017 . He is a Member of Parliament representing the Kocaeli Province on behalf of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), first elected in 2007. Before politics, Işık was an educator.

Fikri Işık

Işık in April 2017
Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey
In office
19 July 2017  9 July 2018
Prime MinisterBinali Yıldırım
Serving withMehmet Şimşek
Bekir Bozdağ
Hakan Çavuşoğlu
Recep Akdağ
Preceded byVeysi Kaynak
Succeeded byoffice abolished
Minister of National Defence
In office
24 May 2016  19 July 2017
PresidentRecep Tayyip Erdoğan
Prime MinisterBinali Yıldırım
Preceded byİsmet Yılmaz
Succeeded byNurettin Canikli
Minister of Science, Industry and Technology
In office
25 December 2013  24 May 2016
Prime MinisterRecep Tayyip Erdoğan
Ahmet Davutoğlu
Preceded byNihat Ergün
Member of the Grand National Assembly
Assumed office
22 July 2007
ConstituencyKocaeli (2007, 2011, June 2015, Nov 2015, 2018)
Personal details
Born (1965-09-13) 13 September 1965
Babacan, Şiran, Gümüşhane, Turkey
Political partyJustice and Development Party (AKP)
Spouse(s)Nigar Işık
Alma materMiddle East Technical University
ProfessionPolitician, educator
Cabinet61st, 62nd, 63rd, 64th, 65th

Early life

Fikri Işık was born on 13 September 1965 to Tevfik and Mecbure Işık in the village of Babacan in Şiran district of Gümüşhane Province, Turkey.[1] He studied Mathematics Education at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara.[1][2]



Işık worked as a mathematics and English language teacher in private schools at İzmit and Istanbul. He served also as manager in the food industry.[1][2]


Fikri Işık entered politics on 20 October 2001 through his founding membership of the Justice and Development Party's Kocaeli Province organization. He was elected its chairman on 22 June 2003, serving four years at this post.[1]

In 2007, he left his chair at the regional level to run for a seat in the parliament. Işık was elected into the Grand National Assembly of Turkey in the 2007 general election as an MP from Kocaeli Province. He was re-elected a second time into the parliament in the 2011 general election. Between 2007 and 2013, he was responsible in the party headquarters for the coordination of the part's regional organizations in 47 provinces across the country. On 31 January 2013, Işık became chairman of the parliamentary National Education, Youth and Sports Commission.[1][3]

On 26 December 2013, Fikri Işık assumed office as the Minister of Science, Industry and Technology, succeeding Nihat Ergün during Erdoğan's cabinet reshuffle with ten new names that was announced the day before, on 25 December, following the 2013 corruption scandal in Turkey.[2][4][5][6][7]

Personal life

Minister Fikri Işık is married and has four children.[1]


  1. "Fikri Işık" (in Turkish). TBMM. Retrieved 27 December 2013.
  2. "İşte yeni bakanların özgeçmişi". Radikal (in Turkish). 26 December 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2013.
  3. "Fikri Işık: Eğitim tartışmaları pedagojik temelde yapılmalı". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 22 November 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2013.
  4. "Üç bakan istifa etti". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 25 December 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2013.
  5. Yılmazi Turan & Esra Kaya (26 December 2013). "Kabinede 10 değişiklik". Hürriyet (in Turkish). Retrieved 28 December 2013.
  6. "PM Erdoğan announces new Cabinet with 10 changes amid graft probe". Hürriyet Daily News. 25 December 2013. Retrieved 30 January 2014.
  7. "PM Erdoğan announces 10 new names in major Cabinet reshuffle". Today's Zaman. 25 December 2013. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-30.
Political offices
Preceded by
Nihat Ergün
Minister of Science, Industry and Technology
26 December 2013 24 May 2016
Succeeded by
Faruk Özlü
Preceded by
İsmet Yılmaz
Minister of National Defence
24 May 2016 19 July 2017
Succeeded by
Nurettin Canikli
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