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Simon Hamilton

Simon Hamilton
Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety
In office
20 October 2015 -
14 October - 15 October
07 October - 08 October
30 September 2015 - 01 October 2015
23 September 2015 - 24 September 2015
16 September 2015 - 17 September 2015
11 May 2015 - 10 September 2015
Preceded by Simon Hamilton
Minister of Finance and Personnel
In office
29 July 2013 – 11 May 2015
Preceded by Sammy Wilson
Succeeded by Arlene Foster
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Strangford
Assumed office
7 March 2007
Preceded by George Ennis
Personal details
Born (1977-03-17) 17 March 1977
Newtownards, Northern Ireland
Nationality British
Political party Democratic Unionist Party
Spouse(s) Nicki
Children Lewis
Residence Comber, Northern Ireland
Alma mater Queen's University Belfast
Religion Protestant
Website Official website

Simon Hamilton MLA (born 17 March 1977) is a Unionist politician in Northern Ireland and is the Current Health Minister in the Northern Ireland Executive, where he is serving his fifth term of office in the role. [1] He was first elected in 2007 to the Northern Ireland Assembly as a Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) member for Strangford.[2]


  • Education 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Colleagues 4
  • References 5


Hamilton was educated at Regent House School and Queen's University, Belfast holding degrees in history/politics and law.[2] He served as Chairman of the Queen's Unionist Association and as a member of Queen's University Senate.


Hamilton began his career as an auditor with an accountancy firm in Belfast[2] and was employed as a DUP Policy Officer in their Party Headquarters from 2003 until his election to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 2007.[3] He was elected to Ards Borough Council in 2005 but did not stand at the 2011 Election. Hamilton is secretary of Strangford DUP Association and vice-chairman of Newtownards DUP Branch. He is also deputy master of Price’s True Blues LOL 550 and the Rising Sons of Saintfield RBP 73.

He was appointed minister of finance and personnel and replaced Sammy Wilson on 29 June 2013 in a reshuffle.[3]

He was later appointed as the Health Minister of Northern Ireland in a further DUP reshuffle on 11th May 2015 [4]

He has resigned and been re-appointed later to the role of Health Minister four times since his initial appointment. [3]

Personal life

He lives in Comber with his wife Nicki and two sons Lewis and Kyle.[5]


Mr. Hamilton currently serves with two other MLA's from his party, the DUP (Democratic Unionist Party). The two MLA's he serves with are Jonathan Bell and Michelle Mc'Ilveen.


  1. ^ "Simon Hamilton resigns four times in past three weeks". BBC News. Retrieved 2015-10-24. 
  2. ^ a b c "Hamilton appointed as Northern Ireland’s Minister for Finance". Irish Times. 30 July 2013. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Simon Hamilton appointed new finance minister". BBC. 29 July 2013. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "DUP reshuffle: Foster, Bell and Hamilton in new jobs". BBC News. Retrieved 2015-10-24. 
  5. ^ [4]
Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
George Ennis
MLA for Strangford
2007 -
Succeeded by

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