|Name Vilja Savisaar-Toomast|
Party Estonian Centre Party
|Education University of Tartu|
|Role Member of the European Parliament|
Spouse Edgar Savisaar (m. 1996–2009)
Vilja Toomast (born 15 August 1962, Antsla as Vilja Laanaru; 1996-2010 Vilja Savisaar; 2010-2015 Vilja Savisaar-Toomast) is an Estonian politician, a former Member of the European Parliament. She previously belonged to the Estonian Centre Party which she decided to leave on 9 April 2012.
In 1992–1995, Vilja Laanaru was a member of Riigikogu, belonging to the Independent Royalist Party of Estonia. In 1997, she joined the Estonian Centre Party and has several times been elected to Riigikogu as well as worked in Tallinn city government. In 2009, she became a Member of the European Parliament after Edgar Savisaar renounced his mandate, so as to remain mayor of Tallinn. She left the Centre Party in 2012, maintaining her position as a MEP, and joined the Estonian Reform Party in June 2013. She ran again at the 2014 European elections, but was not successful.
She has been President of the Estonian Volleyball Federation since 2007 and since November 2008, in the Executive Committee of the Estonian Olympic Committee for the next 4 years.
In her youth she dated Vahur Kersna, an Estonian TV personality also originating from Antsla.
In 1996, Vilja Laanaru married Centre Party leader Edgar Savisaar; they divorced in 2009. They have one daughter. In August 2010, she married opera singer Taimo Toomast (since 2013 member of the Reform Party) and changed her surname to Savisaar-Toomast. In December 2015 she announced the omission of Savisaar from her surname.
1985 Degree from the University of Tartu, psychologist and teacher 1988 Master's degree, Institute of General and Molecular Pathology, State University of Tartu
In 2006, Savisaar participated as a celebrity contestant on the first season of Tantsud tähtedega, an Estonian version of Dancing with the Stars. Her professional dancing partner was Veiko Ratas.