Dr. Vinko Gorenak, State Secretary for Coordination between the Government and the National Assembly
Dr. Vinko Gorenak was born in Boharina north of Zreče on 15 December 1955. He attended primary school in Zreče. After completing the general upper secondary school of Pedagoška gimnazija in Celje in 1974, he first graduated from the Faculty of Education in Maribor in 1977, and then from the Faculty of Organisational Sciences in Kranj in 1983. He obtained his master's degree in 1993 and his doctoral degree in 2003, both from the Faculty of Organisational Sciences.
For almost 30 years, he served in various police posts ranging from a police officer, a commander of a local police station in Celje to the head of uniformed police officers in the Celje region. He continued his work in 1990 as an adviser to the Minister of the Interior Igor Bavčar, after which he was the director of the Koper Police Directorate and later the director of the human resource department at the Ministry of the Interior. He is one of the co-authors of Slovenian police legislation.
In 2000 and 2004, he served as State Secretary at the Ministry of the Interior. From 2005 to 2008, he was State Secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister Janez Janša in charge of coordinating work between the Government and the National Assembly.
In the electoral district of Šmarje pri Jelšah, he was elected as a deputy in the National Assembly for the first time in 2008, the second time in 2011 and the third time in 2014. In 2012–2013, he was the Minister of the Interior. In 2009–2011, he chaired the National Assembly's Committee on Internal Affairs, Public Administration and Justice. He was also a member of the Commission for Oversight of Intelligence and Security Services. In 2013–2018, he was a member of the National Assembly's Committee on the Interior and the Committee on Justice, as well as a member of the Committee on Petitions, Human Rights and Equal Opportunities.
From 1994 to 2018 he was also active as a teacher. He is an associate professor at the University of Maribor in the field of security organisations management.