Jacinta Ardern Biography, net worth and profile.
Jacinta Ardern Biography
Jacinta was born in Hamilton and grew up in Morrinsville and Murupara, where she attended a state school. Ardern after graduating from the University of Waikato in 2001, Jacinta Ardern began her career working as a researcher in the office of Prime Minister Helen Clark and later worked in London, in the Cabinet Office and was elected president of the International Union of Socialist Youth. She was first elected as an MP in the 2008 general election, when Labour lost power after nine years and was later elected to represent the Mount Albert electorate in a by election in February 2017.
Ardern was unanimously elected as deputy leader of the Labour Party on 1 March 2017, following the resignation of Annette King. Just five months later, with an election due, Labour’s leader Andrew Little resigned after a historically low opinion polling result for the party, with Ardern elected unopposed as leader in his place. She led her party to gain 14 seats at the 2017 general election on 23 September, winning 46 seats to the National Party’s 56 and after a period of negotiations, New Zealand First chose to enter a minority coalition government with Labour, supported by the Green Party, with Ardern as prime minister; she was sworn in by the Governor-General on 26 October 2017.
Jacinta became the world’s youngest female head of government at age 37. Ardern later became the world’s second elected head of government to give birth while in office (after Benazir Bhutto) when her daughter was born on 21 June 2018.
Ardern describes herself as a social democrat and a progressive. The 6th Labour Government has focused particularly on the New Zealand housing crisis, child poverty, and social inequality. In March 2019, she led the country through the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shootings, rapidly introducing strict gun laws in response, and throughout 2020 she led the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ardern led the Labour Party to victory in the 2020 general election, gaining a majority of seats in Parliament.
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