Petr Bendl (born January 24, 1966 in Kladno) is a Czech politician, who served as Minister of Agriculture from October 2011 to July 2013 in Cabinet of Prime Minister Petr Nečas and briefly as Minister of Transport under leadership of Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek. Bendl is a former governor of the Central Bohemian Region after serving two terms. He has been Member of Parliament (MP) for Central Bohemian Region since 2010.
Bendl is a graduate at Engineering and Textile University in Liberec. After a short spell as firefighter, he worked as director of Kladno district office and municipal office’s departments.
In 1991 Bendl entered the Civic Democratic Party and as the party’s leader he was elected member of the Kladno city assembly in 1994 becoming mayor of the city immediately.
Bendl was also vice-president of the Union of Cities and Municipalities of the Czech Republic in 1997–1998.
In 1998 he was elected into the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic (resigned in 2001 due to his regional career) as well into the Kladno assembly and was thus replaced by Milan Volf as the new Kladno mayor, staying only in the city council until 2000.
In 2000 he was elected in the Central Bohemian Region assembly and became first Governor of the region. He defended his seat successfully in 2004.
Bendl is married and has two sons.