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Hailing from a politically prominent family, Abe was elected by a special session of the National Diet in September 2006, becoming at age 52 Japan's youngest post-war prime minister, and the first to have been born after World War II.
He left the company in 1982 and pursued a number of government positions including executive assistant to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, private secretary to the chairperson of the LDP General Council, and private secretary to the LDP secretary-general.
Abe is a member of the Mori Faction (formally, the Seiwa Seisaku Kenkyū-kai) of the Liberal Democratic Party.
This faction is headed by former prime minister Yoshirō Mori.
Abe attended Seikei Elementary School, Seikei Junior High School and Seikei Senior High School.
He studied public administration and graduated with the Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Seikei University in 1977.