Democratic Unionist Party Leader
Arlene Foster has been involved in politics since she was a student at Queen’s University and has always been known as a strong advocate for unionism, particularly in the west of the Province. A lawyer by profession, Arlene joined the DUP in 2004 and has been a senior representative for the party since that time. She has been an Executive member of the Democratic Unionist Party since 2004 and was elected leader of the party on 17th December 2015 following the retirement of Peter Robinson. She has worked as acting First Minister on two occasions, firstly for a period of three weeks in 2010 and then during the summer of 2015. From January 2016 to January 2017 Arlene Foster was First Minister of the Northern Ireland Assembly.