Arlene Foster Is First Female First Minister
11th January 2016
Arlene Foster is now the First Minister of Northern Ireland – making her the first woman to assume the role.
The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader – aged 45 – is also the youngest person to hold the most senior position in Northern Ireland. She has been acting first minister for Peter Robinson on previous occasions but now she officially succeeds him.
She graduated from Queen’s University with a law degree and went onto become a solicitor. Foster’s political career began in 2004 with the Ulster Unionists where she rapidly rose through the ranks. Before her promotion, she was the Minister of Finance and Personnel for Northern Ireland.