Gilad Erdan was born in Ashkelon, Israel in 1970. He completed his military service with the rank of Captain. An attorney by profession he holds an L.L.B. from Bar Ilan University. He is married and the father of three children.
Erdan served as Advisor to MK Ariel Sharon (1996) and Advisor to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, and director, department for public petitions of the Prime Minister`s Office (1996-1998).
He established and chaired the Lobby for Soldiers Missing in Action and served as chairman of Al Sam, an association that deal with the drug problem. He was also Director General of the Corporation for developing the institutionalization of the Center for Contractors and Builders.
A Member of Knesset since 2003, Erdan has been a member of the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice, Finance, Economic Affairs, Education, Culture, and Sports, State Control, Labor, Welfare, and Health, House, Foreign Workers, and Drug Abuse Committees, as well as chairing the Economic Affairs Committee. An active lobbyist on such issues as the environment, closing the social gaps, and Ethiopian immigrants, he chaired the Lobby for the War Against Road Accidents.
Gilad Erdan was appointed Minister of Environmental Protection in March 2009, serving until March 2013 when he was appointed Minister of Communications (until November 2014) and Home Front Protection (until June 2014). In November 2014 he was appointed Minister of the Interior, serving until May 2015. In May 2015 he was appointed Minister of Public Security, Strategic Affairs and Information.
In the Likud primaries ahead of the elections for the18th Knesset, Erdan attained the second place on the party’s roster and was elected to serve an additional term in the Knesset. In March 2009, with the formation of the 32nd Knesset, he was appointed Minister of Environmental Protection and liaison between the Knesset and the government. With the formation of the 33rd Knesset in March 2013, Erdan was appointed Minister of Communications and Homefront Defense Minister in Benjamin Netanyahu’s third government.
In the 34th government, Erdan served as Minister of Internal Security, Minister of Strategic Affairs and Minister of Information.
On 11 May 2020, following the 2020 elections to the Knesset, Prime-Minister Netanyahu announced that Erdan would become Israel’s next Ambassador to the UN as well as Israel’s Ambassador to the United States (after the 2020 presidential election.) The last person to hold those two positions concurrently, was the diplomat and politician Abba Eban, in the 50’s.
Upon formation of the 35th government on 17 May 2020, Erdan was sworn in as Regional Cooperation Minister of Israel in the 35th Government. However, his appointment was short-lived, as he was appointed as both Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations and Ambassador of Israel to the United States.