Karin Keller-Sutter began her political career in 1992 as a local councillor in Wil in the canton of St. Gallen. In 1996, she was elected to the cantonal parliament St. Gallen and in 2000 to the cantonal government. As a member of the government, she headed the Justice and Security Department. In 2011, Karin Keller-Sutter as the representative of the Canton of St. Gallen was elected to the Council of States, and served as its President from 2017 to 2018. Prior to her election to the Federal Council, she served, among other things, as Chair of the Board of Directors of Pensimo Fondsleitung AG and of the Pensimo Investment Foundation, and was Vice-President of the St. Gallen Foundation for International Studies. Karin Keller-Sutter also sat on the Board of Directors of the Baloise Insurance Group and the ASGA Pension Fund in St. Gallen. She was also President of the Swiss Retail Federation and a Management Board member of the Swiss Employers’ Association. She was also a member of the Board of Directors of the NZZ Media Group from 2012 to 2016.