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Jim Bolger

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Jim Bolger at a foundation of KiwiRail press conference, July 2008
35th Prime Minister of New Zealand
In office
2 November 1990 – 8 December 1997
Monarch Elizabeth II
Deputy Don McKinnon (1990–96)
Winston Peters (1996–97)
Governor-General Paul Reeves
Catherine Tizard
Michael Hardie Boys
Preceded by Mike Moore
Succeeded by Jenny Shipley
25th Leader of the Opposition
In office
26 March 1986 – 2 November 1990
Deputy George Gair
Preceded by Jim McLay
Succeeded by Mike Moore
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for King Country
Taranaki-King Country (1996–1998)
In office
Succeeded by Shane Ardern
Personal details
James Brendan Bolger

31 May 1935 (1935-05-31) (age 86)
Opunake, Taranaki, New Zealand
Political party National
Spouse(s) Joan Maureen Riddell (m. 1963–present)
Children 9
Profession Politician, businessman

James Brendan Bolger (born 31 May 1935) is a New Zealand politician of the National Party who was the 35th Prime Minister of New Zealand, serving from 1990 to 1997.

Bolger was born to an Irish immigrant family in Opunake, Taranaki. Before entering politics, he farmed in the Waikato and was involved in Federated Farmers, a nationwide agricultural association. Bolger won election to Parliament in 1972, and subsequently served in several portfolios in the Third National Government.

Following one unsuccessful bid for the party leadership in 1984, Bolger was elected as National Party leader in 1986. He served as Leader of the Opposition from 1986 to 1990.

Bolger led the National Party to a landslide victory—the largest in its history—in the 1990 election, allowing him to become Prime Minister on 2 November 1990. The Fourth National Government was elected on the promise of delivering a "Decent Society".

After resigning as a Member of Parliament in 1998, Bolger became Ambassador to the United States and remained in this post until 2002.

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