Born on June 7, 1968, in Poliske, Kyiv region.
1993 – graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv,
1996 – finished the postgraduate studies at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and in 1997 received the Ph.D. degree in philosophical sciences.
1989 – the head of the secretariat of the Ukrainian Student Union, one of the leaders of the students’ hunger-strike during the “Revolution on Granite”.
1993-2002 – Chairman of the All-Ukrainian Youth Public Organization “Young Movement” (youth wing of the People’s Movement of Ukraine), member of the Presidium of the Board of the People’s Movement.
In March 1998, he was elected a member of Verkhovna Rada (the Parliament of Ukraine), the secretary of the Committee on Social Policy and Labor of the Verkhovna Rada.
2001 – a member of the Presidium of the Public Committee “For the Truth!”.
February 4, 2005 – appointed Minister of Labor and Social Policy of Ukraine.
September 27, 2005 – appointed Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine on humanitarian issues.
In March 2006, he was elected to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on the list of the Nasha Ukraina (“Our Ukraine”) electoral bloc, the head of the Our Ukraine faction in the Parliament.
2007-2008 – the Head of the political party People’s Union “Our Ukraine”.
October 28, 2012 – elected as a member of Parliament of Ukraine of the VII convocation, chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Culture and Spirituality.
Since October 2014 – an MP of the VIII convocation, elected on the party list of People’s Front Party.
December 2, 2014 – appointed Vice Prime Minister – Minister of Culture of Ukraine.
April 14, 2016 – appointed Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine.