|Economy Minister of Northern Ireland|
25 May 2016 – 26 January 2017
|First Minister||Arlene Foster|
|Preceded by||Jonathan Bell|
|Succeeded by||Diane Dodds (2020)|
|Member of the Legislative Assembly|
7 March 2007 – 2 September 2019
|Preceded by||George Ennis|
|Succeeded by||Harry Harvey|
|Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety|
11 May 2015 – 6 May 2016
|Preceded by||Jim Wells|
|Succeeded by||Michelle O'Neill|
|Minister of Finance and Personnel|
29 July 2013 – 11 May 2015
|Preceded by||Sammy Wilson|
|Succeeded by||Arlene Foster|
|Born||17 March 1977|
Newtownards, Northern Ireland
|Nationality||Northern Irish/ British|
|Political party||Democratic Unionist Party|
|Residence||Comber, Northern Ireland|
|Alma mater||Queen's University Belfast|
Simon Hamilton (born 17 March 1977) is a Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) politician, who was a Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly (MLA) for Strangford from 2007 to 2019; Hamilton also served as the Economy Minister in the Northern Ireland Executive from 2016 until its collapse in January 2017.
Hamilton was educated at Regent House School and Queen's University, Belfast holding degrees in history/politics and law. 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 and was employed as a DUP Policy Officer in their Party Headquarters from 2003 until his election to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 2007. 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 was later appointed as the Health Minister of Northern Ireland in a further DUP reshuffle on 11 May 2015. He resigned from this post several times during September and October 2015 in the context of a political crisis at Stormont.
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