Zhang Baowen, male, Han nationality, is a native of Xingping County, Shaanxi Province. He was born in 1946 and graduated from the English Department of Xi‘an Institute of Foreign Languages in 1968. From 1984 to 1986, he studied at Minnesota University where he majored in agricultural education.
Zhang‘s agricultural background stems from his connection with Northwest China Agricultural University. He served as a professor at the university until 1996, when he became the president of the university.
In 1997, he was made the vice-chairman of the 8th Shaanxi Provincial Committee of the China Democratic League. That same year he served as the vice-chairman and the secretary-general of the 8th China Democratic League Central Committee.
In 2000, he was appointed vice-minister of the Ministry of Agriculture. In 2013 he became Vice-Chairman of the Standing Committee of the 12th NPC.