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Jim Bolger at a foundation of KiwiRail press conference, July 2008
|35th Prime Minister of New Zealand|
2 November 1990 – 8 December 1997
|Deputy||Don McKinnon (1990–96)
Winston Peters (1996–97)
Michael Hardie Boys
|Preceded by||Mike Moore|
|Succeeded by||Jenny Shipley|
|25th Leader of the Opposition|
26 March 1986 – 2 November 1990
|Preceded by||Jim McLay|
|Succeeded by||Mike Moore|
|Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for King Country
Taranaki-King Country (1996–1998)
|Succeeded by||Shane Ardern|
James Brendan Bolger
31 May 1935
Opunake, Taranaki, New Zealand
|Spouse(s)||Joan Maureen Riddell (m. 1963–present)|
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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