I have an obligation to the generations before me and those that will follow me
Tomáš Zachariáš Josef Maria Děpolt Rudolf Kazimír Hostislav Czernin, a member of the Vinoř branch of the Czernin family was born on 4 March 1962 in Pilsen. His father Theobald Czernin and his mother Polyxena, née Lobkowicz lived quiet lives during communism, his father worked as a lorry driver and later as an ambulance driver, his mother worked as a nurse even though she spent the majority of time taking care of their five children. They lived a quiet life in the borderlands, first in a housing estate in Chodov near Karlovy Vary and later in a house in Rudná near Nejdek. Tomáš with his parents experienced a months-long emigration in Austria and Switzerland after the Invasion of the Warsaw Pact troops in August 1968, however they returned to Czechoslovakia in spring 1969. Tomáš Czernin studied at the Secondary School of Civil Engineering in Karlovy Vary and at the Faculty of Civil Engineering of Czech Technical University. He considered emigration when he was young, however he abandoned his plans to emigrate and decided to stay in Czechoslovakia to follow in his ancestor´s footsteps. He got married to an Austrian Ursula Piringer in 1990. He and his father managed the restitution of the Czernin family property at the beginning of the 1990s and he started to reconstruct the family mansion at Dymokury Castle. In 1998 he was elected a local authority member for the village of Dymokury and he participated in local political life. He joined the TOP 09 party in 2009. He ran for the Senate on behalf of the TOP 09 party in 2010. His second candidacy for the Senate in 2016 was successful. He became the first Vice Chair of TOP 09 in November 2017 and a year later he assumed the position of chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Compatriots Living Abroad. He unsuccessfully ran for the post of TOP 09 chairman in 2019.