|15th Speaker of the Lok Sabha|
4 June 2009 – 18 May 2014
|Preceded by||Somnath Chatterjee|
|Succeeded by||Sumitra Mahajan|
|Member of the Indian Parliament
10 May 2004 – 12 May 2014
|Preceded by||Muni Lall|
|Succeeded by||Chhedi Paswan|
31 March 1945 |
|Political party||Indian National Congress|
|Alma mater||University of Delhi|
She is a lawyer and a former diplomat. Prior to being a member of the 15th Lok Sabha, she has been elected earlier to the 8th, 11th, 12th and 14th Lok Sabha. She served as a Cabinet Minister in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment of Manmohan Singh's Congress led Government (2004–2009).
She attended Welham Girls School, Dehradun and Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls' Public School in Jaipur. She studied at Banasthali Vidyapith for a short duration. She completed her M.A and L.L.B, at Indraprastha College and Miranda House, Delhi University. She also received an honorary doctorate from Banasthali Vidyapith in 2010.
Meira Kumar entered electoral politics in 1985 and was elected from Bijnor in Uttar Pradesh, defeating political heavyweights like Ram Vilas Paswan and Mayawati, two powerful Dalit leaders. She was a member of the eighth, eleventh and twelfth Lok Sabha's from Karol Bagh in Delhi. She lost her seat in the BJP wave of 1999, but was able to get re-elected with a record majority from her father's former constituency of Sasaram in Bihar in 2004 and 2009.[original research?]
She served in the Congress-led Government as the Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment from 2004 to 2009. In 2009, she was briefly inducted as member of the cabinet as Union Minister for Water Resources. Upon being nominated for the position of Speaker, she submitted her resignation three days after assuming ministerial office. She was elected the Speaker of Lok Sabha, thereby becoming the first woman speaker of the country. She served as the Speaker from 2009 to 2014. In the Indian general election, 2014 Kumar contested and lost to Chhedi Paswan from Sasaram by a margin of 63,327 votes. 
- India: Woman Wins Post of Speaker New York Times, June 4, 2009.
- Meira Kumar brings Jagjivan to fore The Times of India, June 4, 2009.
- "Profile: Meira Kumar, first female Dalit Speaker". oneindia.in. 3 June 2009. Retrieved 10 February 2014.
- Biography [Lok Sabha]
- Meira Kumar Biography Govt. of India Portal
- Kamal Nath gives clean chit to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar in bungalow controversy
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