Jaroslav Kubera (16 February 1947 – 20 January 2020) was a Czech Civic Democratic politician who was Senator representing Teplice from 2000 to 2020 and the President of the Senate from 14 November 2018 to 20 January 2020. He previously served as mayor of Teplice from 1994 to 2018. He was often described as one of the most interesting members of parliament due to his often comical or controversial statements.Kubera was a potential candidate in the 2018 presidential election, gathering enough support from fellow senators to register his candidacy, before deciding not to run.
Kubera died on 20 January 2020 at Ústí nad Labem Hospital. Jiří Růžička became acting President of the Senate.
His death was a shock for the Czech political scene. Czech president Miloš Zeman expressed regret for his death stating that he considered him as a friend whom he liked despite their differences. Prime Minister Andrej Babiš expressed shock, stating that he could not believe the news. He stated that he liked Kubera, believing they understood each other. Leader of the Civic Democratic Party Petr Fiala expressed great grief, stating that it is unbelievable, as Kubera was energetic at the party's Congress. He stated that ODS and Czech politics lost a great personality who would be hard to replace. Former president Václav Klaus said he could not imagine Czech politics without Kubera. Former Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek expressed shock, noting that Kubera seemed to him an immortal, unstoppable, and never-ending individual. MP Miroslava Němcová said that Kubera was irreplaceable and she would dearly miss him.
Members of the Senate announced on 21 January 2020 that they will ask the Government to declare state mourning and suggested that Kubera's legacy would be honoured by building a bench with an ashtray in the Senate.