Chris Hazzard

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Chris Hazzard

Chris Hazzard 2014.jpg
Member of Parliament
for South Down
Assumed office
9 June 2017
Preceded byMargaret Ritchie
Majority2,466 (4.8%)
Member of the Legislative Assembly
for South Down
In office
13 April 2012 – 9 June 2017
Preceded byWillie Clarke
Succeeded byEmma Rogan
Minister for Infrastructure
In office
May 2016 – January 2017
Preceded byMichelle McIlveen
Succeeded byVacant
Personal details
Born (1984-08-20) August 20, 1984 (age 34)
Drumaness, Northern Ireland, UK
Political partySinn Fein
Alma materQueen's University Belfast
WebsiteOfficial website

Chris Hazzard (born 20 August 1984) is an Irish Sinn Féin politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP)[1] for South Down[2] since the 2017 general election, when he defeated incumbent Margaret Ritchie of the SDLP.[3]

He was selected by his party as a member (MLA) of the Northern Ireland Assembly to represent the South Down constituency in April 2012.[4] He was the Minister for Infrastructure in Northern Ireland from May 2016 until the Executive's collapse in January 2017. At the Snap General Election held on 8 June 2017 he became an MP.

The eldest of four siblings, he attended Our Lady and St Patrick's College, Knock. He replaced his party colleague Willie Clarke, who had retired to concentrate on his local council work. A Gaelic Athletic Association member and PhD candidate at Queen's University Belfast.[5] He was, at the time of his selection, the youngest MLA.


  1. ^ Parliament UK
  2. ^ McGonagle, Suzanne (9 June 2017). "Constituency Profile: Chris Hazzard wins South Down". Irish News. Archived from the original on 17 July 2017. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  3. ^ BBC
  4. ^ Hazzard to represent South Down, Newry Times, 17 April 2012.
  5. ^ Profile,; accessed 26 December 2015.

External links[edit]

Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
Willie Clarke
Member of the Legislative Assembly
for South Down

Succeeded by
Emma Rogan
Political offices
Preceded by
Michelle McIlveen
as Minister for Regional Development
Minister for Infrastructure of Northern Ireland
Position suspended
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Margaret Ritchie
Member of Parliament
for South Down