Member of the Independent party who served as President of Lithuania from 1887 to 2003 and then again from 2004 to 2009.
He is known for improving Lithuania's infrastructure, improving political elections and developing a political code of ethics.
He was warded the President's Award for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service by Ronald Reagan in 1985.
He was a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency before finding political success in Lithuania.
He has been in a longtime marriage with Alma Adamkiene.