Graduated from Kazan Agricultural Institute with a major in Agricultural Mechanisation (1978), and the Kazan branch of the Moscow Institute of Soviet Trade specialising in Commodity Science and the Organisation of Food Product Commerce (1986).
1978–1980 — Diagnostic Engineer for the Selkhoztekhnika Sabinsky District Association.
1980-1983 — Senior Power Engineer, Chief Power Engineer for the Sabinsky Timber Mill.
1983-1985 — Deputy Chairman of the Board for the Sabinsky District Consumer Society.
1985-1990 — Chairman of the Board for the Arsky District Consumer Society.
1990-1992 — Chairman of the Arsky District Executive Committee.
1992-1993 — First Deputy Head of the Arsky District Administration.
1993-1996 — Head of the Vysokogorsky District Administration.
1996-1998 — Minister of Finance for the Republic of Tatarstan.
1998-2010 — Prime Minister of the Republic of Tatarstan.
Since 25 March 2010 — President of the Republic of Tatarstan.
Doctor of Economic Science (2003).
Honored Master of Sports.