Alain Berset studied Political Science and Economics at the University of Neuchâtel where he obtained a doctorate in 2005 before becoming a strategic advisor at the Department of Economic Affairs of canton Neuchâtel.
In 2006 he set up his own business as an independent strategy and communications advisor. In 2003 he was elected to the Council of States for the canton of Fribourg. He was vice president of the Social Democratic group and member of numerous parliamentary committees.
He chaired the Council Office, the Political Institutions Committee and the Delegation to the Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie and was president of the Social Democratic group in the Constitutional Council of canton Fribourg. Between 2001 and 2003 he was a member of the local parliament of his commune of residence, Belfaux. He was elected to the Federal Council by the United Federal Assembly and since 1 January 2012 has been head of the Federal Department of Home Affairs.