Political Career: Born into a rural farming family, Sri. S. M.Krishna has set a new milestone in the political arena. He was initially a member of the Praja Socialist Party. He then became a member of the Assembly in 1962-67. He was involved in the Commonwealth of Nations in 1965 as India’s representative. Elected as MP from Mandya Lok Sabha constituency in 1968-70 and re-elected from the same constituency in 1971-72. He was a Member of Parliament from 1972-1977. During this period, he was the Minister of Commerce, Industry and Parliamentary Affairs. He was then elected to Lok Sabha in 1980. In 1982 he was in the Indian delegation to the United Nations.
He was Minister of State for Business Accounts in 1983-84 and Minister of Finance in 1984. He was the Speaker of the Assembly from 1989 to 1992 and the Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka from 1992 to 1994.
He then became the KPCC president in 1999 and was elected as the 16th Chief Minister of Karnataka on May 11, 1999 until May 2004. He then served as the Governor of Maharashtra until 2008 after the Chief Minister’s term expired in 2004. He was a member of the Rajya Sabha from 2008-2014 and the External Affairs Minister from 2009 to 2012.