Wang Yang, male, Han nationality, is a native of Suzhou City, Anhui province. He was born in 1955, entered the work force in 1972, joined the CPC in 1975, and graduated as a student active-on-duty from the University of Science and Technology of China with a master's degree in engineering in 1995.
Wang Yang was an alternate member of the 16th CPC Central Committee. He served as secretary of the Chongqing Municipal CPC Committee from 2005 - 2007. He was also a member of the Politburo of the 17th CPC Central Committee and a member of the 17th CPC Central Committee. from 2007 until 2012, he served as secretary of the Guangdong CPC Provincial Committee.
In 2012 he became a member of the Politburo of the 18th CPC Central Committee. In 2013 he became Vice-Premier of the State Council and Head of the State Council Leading Group of Poverty Alleviation and Development. He was also named head of both the Headquarters of State Council for Earthquake Relief and the State Headquarters for Flood Prevention and Drought Control.