Wang Zhongyu, male, Han nationality, born in 1933, is a native of Changchun, Jilin Province. He received a classical education and subsequently attended a vocational school. He then worked in various engineering and supervisory capacities before studying at the Party School of the CPC Central Committee from 1980 to 1981.
Wang rose quickly in the Jilin provincial structure, becoming secretary general of the provincial Party committee by 1985 and governor of Jilin Province by 1992. He was then given national level assignments under the State Council, becoming minister in charge of the State Economic and Trade Commission from 1993 to1998.
Wang was elected a state councilor and secretary-general of the State Council in 1998, and he was appointed president of the National School of Administration the same year. He was an alternate member of the 13th CPC Central Committee and a member of the 14th and 15th CPC Central Committees.