Former member of the Soviet Union who was the 2nd President of Georgia from 1995 to 2003. He had previously served the Soviet Union as its Minister of Foreign Affairs.
He joined the Communist Party of the Soviet Union at age 20.
He was driven out of the Georgian presidency in the 2003 Rose Revolution.
He has two children with wife Nanuli Shevardnadze.
He served as the Minster of External Relations under Mikhail Gorbachev.