Du Qinglin, male, Han nationality, is a native of Panshi City, Jilin Province. He was born in 1946, entered the workforce in 1964 and joined the CPC in 1966. Du holds a master's degree.
Du spent the first 30 years of his career in Jilin Province. His government jobs were in heavy industry and teachers training, and his Party jobs were in the CYLC and in the Jilin City Party organization. By 1988, he was deputy secretary of the CPC Jilin Provincial Committee. Du was transferred to Hainan in 1992 as deputy secretary of the CPC Hainan Provincial Committee. In 1998, he became secretary of the CPC Hainan Provincial Committee. Du was Minister of Agriculture in 2001.
Du was an alternate member of the 14th CPC Central Committee and a member of the 15th, 16th and 17th CPC Central Committees. He served as secretary of the CPC Sichuan Provincial Committee from 2006 - 2007.
From 2007 - 2012, he was Head of United Front Work Department of the CPC Central Committee. He is now a member of the 18th CPC Central Committee and a Vice-Chairman of the 12th National Committee of the CPPCC. In June of 2014 he was elected chairman of the China Economic and Social Council.