Ram Vilas Paswan is an Indian politician from Bihar and the current Cabinet Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. He is also the president of the Lok Janshakti Party, an eight-time Lok Sabha member and former Rajya Sabha MP.
Born on July 5, 1946, to a Dalit family in Bihar, Paswan started his political career as a member of Samyukta Socialist Party and was elected to the Bihar Legislative Assembly in 1969. Later, he joined Lok Dal upon its formation in 1974 and became its general secretary. He opposed the Emergency and was arrested during the period. He entered the Lok Sabha first in 1977.
In 2000, he formed the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) as its president. Subsequently, in 2004 he joined the ruling United Progressive Alliance government and remained a Union Minister in Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers and Ministry of Steel. He won the 2004 Lok Sabha elections but lost the 2009 elections. After being a member of a Rajya Sabha member from 2010 to 2014, he was elected again to the 16th Lok Sabha in the 2014 Indian general election from Hajipur constituency.
He was again given charge of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution in May 2014, which continued in Second Modi ministry in 2019.
Paswan was married to Rajkumari Devi in 1960s. In 2014, he disclosed that he had divorced her in 1981 after his Lok Sabha nomination papers were challenged. He has two daughters from first wife, Usha and Asha. In 1983, he married Reena Sharma, a Punjabi Hindu from Amritsar. They have a son and a daughter. His son Chirag is an actor-turned-politician.