Kathy Riklin was elected to the Swiss Parliament as a member of the Christian Democrat party CVP since 1999. She sits on the Foreign Policy Commission and the Commission for Science, Education and Culture. She is a member of the EFTA Delegation to the European Parliament, the Delegation to the German Parliament, and the Delegation to the Italian Parliament. Riklin holds a Ph.D. in geology and is a member of several scientific bodies. She also serves as President of Winter Relief for the Canton of Zurich.