Nigel Dodds

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Birthday
20, 1958
Birthplace
Northern Ireland
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
20, 1958 (age 61)
Birthplace
Northern Ireland

About

In 2001, this Democratic Unionist Party politician became a Member of Parliament for Belfast North. While in office, he also served as Northern Ireland's Minister of Finance and Personnel; Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment; and Minister for Social Development.

Before Fame

After earning an honors degree in law from St. John's College, Cambridge, and subsequently studying at Queen's University, Belfast's Institute of Professional Legal Studies, he worked for over a decade at the Secretariat of the European Parliament. During this period, he also served on the Belfast City Council and was eventually elected Lord Mayor of Belfast.

Trivia

In 2003, the IRA targeted his office; however, the British military foiled the plot.

Family Life

His politician wife, Diane Dodds, served as a Member of the European Parliament; the couple raised two children.

Associated With

He and Ian Paisley both ascended to high-ranking positions within Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party.