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Arlene Foster

MLA
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Foster in 2015
First Minister of Northern Ireland
Assumed office
11 January 2020
Serving with Michelle O'Neill
In office
11 January 2016 – 9 January 2017*
Serving with Martin McGuinness
Preceded by Peter Robinson
Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party
Assumed office
17 December 2015
Deputy Nigel Dodds
Preceded by Peter Robinson
Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment
In office
9 June 2008 – 11 May 2015
First Minister Peter Robinson
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness
John O'Dowd (Acting)
Preceded by Nigel Dodds
Succeeded by Jonathan Bell
Minister for the Environment
In office
8 May 2007 – 9 June 2008
First Minister Ian Paisley
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness
Preceded by Dermot Nesbitt
Succeeded by Sammy Wilson
Member of the Legislative Assembly for Fermanagh and South Tyrone
Assumed office
26 November 2003
Preceded by Joan Carson
Minister for Finance and Personnel
In office
11 May 2015 – 12 January 2016
First Minister Peter Robinson
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness
Preceded by Simon Hamilton
Succeeded by Mervyn Storey
Personal details
Born
Arlene Isabel Kelly

17 July 1970 (1970-07-17) (age 51)
Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
Nationality British
Political party Ulster Unionist (before 2003)
Independent (2003–2004)
Democratic Unionist (2004–present)
Spouse(s) Brian Foster
Children 3
Alma mater Queen's University Belfast
*Foster served as Acting First Minister from 11 January 2010 – 3 February 2010 and 10 September 2015 – 20 October 2015 while Robinson was on leave.

Arlene Isabel Foster MLA PC (née Kelly; born 17 July 1970) is a Northern Irish politician. She has been the First Minister of Northern Ireland since 2020, having also served this role from 2016 to 2017. She has been leader of the largest Northern Irish political party, the Democratic Unionist Party, since December 2015. She is a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly, representing Fermanagh and South Tyrone. She strongly supports Northern Ireland staying in the United Kingdom and is a member of the Protestant Church of Ireland.

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