Place of Birth: Colonita village, Chisinau municipality
Citizenship: Republic of Moldova, Romania
A legal specialist by training, Dorin Chirtoacă launched in politics in 2005 as deputy chairman of the Moldovan Liberal Party (PL), led by his uncle, Mihai Ghimpu.
In 2007 Mr. Chirtoacă got elected as the mayor of Chișinău. At the age of 28, he became the youngest mayor of the Moldovan capital. In 2011 Mr. Chirtoacă was re-elected, defeating his Socialist opponent Igor Dodon in the second round. In 2015 he wins his third consecutive mandate in the first round, defeating Zinaida Greceanîi, a Socialist too.
On 26 May 2017, Mr. Chirtoacă was arrested on charges of misuse of office in the so-called “Payed Parking Lot Dossier”. Along with the mayor this case involved seven more individuals including his subordinates and businessman Alexandru Pincevschi.
In July 2017 Mr. Chirtoacă saw himself suspended from office. Almost one year later, on 16 February 2018, the mayor handed down his resignation.
On 1 December 2018 Dorin Chirtoacă was elected as chairman of PL.
In the February 2019 parliamentary elections Mr. Chirtoacă ran for a seat on behalf of Constituency # 32 - Chișinău, which includes his native village Colonița, but he was able to retain only the fourth place among six candidates.