Zhang Dejiang, male, 55, Han nationality, is a native of Tai'an County, Liaoning Province. He was born in November 1946, joined the CPC in January 1971 and joined the workforce in November 1968. Zhang graduated from the Economics Department, Kim Il Sung Comprehensive University. As a university graduate, he holds the professional title of Lecturer.
Zhang, who speaks Korean, worked in Jilin Province until the mid-1980's when he moved to Beijing as vice minister of Civil Affairs. In the 1990s, he became secretary of the CPC Jilin Municipal Committee and 1998 relinquished that position to become secretary of the CPC Zhejiang Provincial Committee.
Zhang was an alternate member of the 14th CPC Central Committee and a member of the 15th CPC Central Committee. Zhang was a member of the Politburo of the 16th CPC Central Committee and secretary of the CPC Guangdong Provincial Party Committee.
He was a member of the Politboro of the 17th CPC Central Committee a member of the 17th CPC Central Committee, Vice-Premier of the State Council and Director of the State Production Safety Commission.
In 2012 he was elected member of the Standing Committee of the Politburo of the 18th CPC Central Committee and in 2013 he became Chairman of the Standing Committee of the 12th NPC. In 2014 he became Vice-Chairman of China's new national security commission.