Wu Bangguo, native of Feidong, east China's Anhui Province, was born in July 1941 and joined the CPC in April 1964.
He studied in the Radio Electronics Department, Tsinghua University from 1960-67; worked in the Shanghai No. 3 Electronic Tube Factory as worker, technician and technical division chief, from 1967-76; deputy Party secretary and deputy director and director from 1976-78; deputy manager of the Shanghai Electronic Component Industrial Co. from 1978-79; deputy manager of the Shanghai Electronic Vacuum Component Co. from 1979-81; and deputy Party secretary of Shanghai Meters, Instruments and Telecommunications Bureau from 1981-83.
In 1983, Wu entered Shanghai's decision-making organ as a Standing Committee member of CPC Shanghai Municipal Committee, serving concurrently as Party secretary in charge of the municipality's work on science and technology.
In 1985, he was promoted to deputy secretary of the Shanghai Municipal Committee, holding the post from 1985-91; served as Party secretary of Shanghai Municipal Committee from 1991-92; elected member of the Political Bureau of CPC Central Committee in 1992.
In 1994, Wu was transferred to Beijing to become a member of the Political Bureau and member of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee; in 1995, he was nominated and confirmed as vice-premier of the State Council while remaining in his Party posts in the CPC Central Committee.
Wu was an alternate member of the 12th and 13th CPC Central Committees, and also a member of the 14th and 15th CPC Central Committees; a member of the Political Bureau of the 14th CPC Central Committee; he was added to the membership of the Secretariat of
the CPC Central Committee at the 4th plenum of the 14th CPC Central Committee, and elected a member of the Political Bureau of the 15th CPC Central Committee.