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Bolger, James Brendan (Jim)

Born: 1935 AD
Currently alive, at 80 years of age.

Nationality: New Zealand
Categories: Politician


1935 - He was born in Opunake, Taranaki on the 31st of May, to immigrant farm workers from Ireland.

1972 - He entered politics as the New Zealand National Party member of Parliament for King Country.

1975 - He became a cabinet minister under Prime Minister Robert Muldoon.

1977 - He served as New Zealand fisheries minister.

1978 - He was the New Zealand labor minister.

1978 - He became the New Zealand immigration minister.

1984 - He served as deputy leader of National Party.

1984 - He ran unsuccessfully for party leader.

1986 - He made a second attempt, and unseated Jim McLay as leader.

1986 - He was Leader of National Party.

1990 - The National won the biggest landslide in New Zealand history and he became prime minister.

1997 - Bolger was made a member of the Order of New Zealand.

2007 - He was elected Chancellor of Waikato University on the 14th of February.

         - In April he revealed at a conference he is suffering from a painful nerve disease called trigeminal neuralgia.


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