Politician and church leader who was the Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland from 1971 to 2009. He was also the First Minister of Northern Ireland from 2007 to 2008.
He studied at the Barry School of Evangelism and the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Hall.
In 2010 he was made a life peer in the Dissolution Honours List of Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
He was married to Eileen Cassells and the couple had five children: Rhonda, Sharon, Cherith, Kyle and Ian.
He replaced David Trimble as the First Minister of Northern Ireland in 20007.