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Simon Bridges

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37th Leader of the Opposition
In office
27 February 2018 – 22 May 2020
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Winston Peters (Acting)
Deputy Paula Bennett
Preceded by Bill English
Succeeded by Todd Muller
12th Leader of the National Party
In office
27 February 2018 – 22 May 2020
Deputy Paula Bennett
Preceded by Bill English
Succeeded by Todd Muller
10th Leader of the House
In office
2 May 2017 – 26 October 2017
Prime Minister Bill English
Deputy Michael Woodhouse
Preceded by Gerry Brownlee
Succeeded by Chris Hipkins
Minister of Economic Development
In office
20 December 2016 – 26 October 2017
Prime Minister Bill English
Preceded by Steven Joyce
Succeeded by David Parker
26th Minister of Transport
In office
6 October 2014 – 26 October 2017
Prime Minister John Key
Bill English
Preceded by Gerry Brownlee
Succeeded by Phil Twyford
Minister for Communications
In office
20 December 2016 – 26 October 2017
Prime Minister Bill English
Preceded by Amy Adams
Succeeded by Clare Curran (Communications and Digital Media)
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Tauranga
Assumed office
8 December 2008
Preceded by Bob Clarkson
Majority 11,742 (31.69%)
Personal details
Born
Simon Joseph Bridges

October 1976 (age 44–45)
Auckland, New Zealand
Political party National
Spouse(s) Natalie Bridges
Relations Simon O'Connor (brother-in-law)
Education University of Auckland (BA, LLB)
London School of Economics
St Catherine's College, Oxford (BCL)

Simon Joseph Bridges (born October 1976) is a New Zealand politician and lawyer. He was the Leader of the New Zealand National Party and Leader of the Opposition from 27 February 2018 to 22 May 2020. He has been the Member of Parliament for Tauranga since 2008.

Bridges has served in several Cabinet portfolios, including Minister of Transport (2014–2017), Minister of Economic Development (2016–2017) and Leader of the House (2017).

He is the first person with Māori ancestry to serve as leader of the National Party, and the first to lead a major party in New Zealand.

On 22 May 2020, following poor polling for the party, Bridges was challenged for the party leadership and replaced by Todd Muller. He would go onto retiring from the leadership of the party less than two months later.

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