He Ting Ru

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He Ting Ru
何廷儒
He Ting Ru 3 (cropped).jpg
He in 2021
Member of Parliament
for Sengkang GRC
(Buangkok)
Assumed office
10 July 2020
Preceded byTeo Ser Luck (PAP)
Personal details
Born (1983-06-16) 16 June 1983 (age 39)[1]
Singapore
Political partyWorkers' Party
Spouse
Terence Tan
(m. 2016)
Children3
EducationCHIJ Saint Nicholas Girls' School
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge (BA)
Occupation
  • Politician
  • lawyer

He Ting Ru (Chinese: 何廷儒; pinyin: Hé Tíngrú; born 16 June 1983)[1] is a Singaporean politician and lawyer. A member of the opposition Workers' Party (WP), she has been the Member of Parliament (MP) representing the Buangkok division of Sengkang GRC since 2020.

During the 2020 general election, she led the four-member WP team to another historic breakthrough when her team won the second Group Representation Constituency (GRC).[2]

Early life[edit]

He attended CHIJ Saint Nicholas Girls' School and Raffles Junior College before graduating from the University of Cambridge with a Bachelor of Arts degree in natural sciences. After graduating from university, she completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course, qualifying as a lawyer in the jurisdiction of England and Wales.[3]

Political career[edit]

He at a press conference in 2020

He began volunteering with the Workers' Party (WP) in the Paya Lebar division in 2011.[4]

She made her political debut in the 2015 general election as part of the five-member WP team contesting in Marine Parade GRC where the team garnered 35.9% of the votes and lost to the PAP team there, including Tan Chuan Jin and Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong.[5]

She previously served as Secretary of the Workers' Party Youth Wing, and oversees the youth wing's outreach efforts in the areas of service, education and heritage.[6]

During the 2020 general election, He led a four-member WP team contesting in Sengkang GRC.[7] On 11 July, she was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) representing the Buangkok division of Sengkang GRC.[8]

She was elected to the party's Central Executive Committee (CEC) as Treasurer and was appointed as the chairman of Sengkang Town Council.[9][10]

Legal career[edit]

Since 2013, He has been Head of Legal and Communications of a listed multinational company which oversees legal and communications matters in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa.[11]

She was trained at and worked as a solicitor at the law firm Clifford Chance, working in London and Frankfurt, before joining a European financial institution in Singapore as a derivatives lawyer.[12][13]

Personal life[edit]

She married Terence Tan, a fellow WP member in 2016. The couple were part of the five-member WP team contesting Marine Parade GRC in 2015. They have three sons.[14][15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "MP | Parliament of Singapore".
  2. ^ "GE2020: Workers' Party claims Sengkang GRC in upset win". TODAYonline. Retrieved 22 July 2021.
  3. ^ Yong, Nicholas (6 October 2015). "Post-GE2015: Business as usual for WP's He Ting Ru". sg.news.yahoo.com. Archived from the original on 7 July 2020. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  4. ^ Lim, Kimberly Ann (29 June 2020). "Not easy but felt right: WP's He Ting Ru on contesting GE2020 with husband Terence Tan". AsiaOne. Archived from the original on 6 July 2020. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  5. ^ Yuen, Sin (30 June 2020). "GE2020: Cousins, a couple, and former colleagues - unexpected connections among candidates this year". The Straits Times. Archived from the original on 12 July 2020. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  6. ^ "Workers' Party introduces third batch of candidates". The Online Citizen. 20 October 2015. Archived from the original on 29 July 2020. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  7. ^ Abu Baker, Jalelah (30 June 2020). "GE2020: PAP and WP to face off in new four-member Sengkang GRC". CNA. Archived from the original on 8 July 2020. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  8. ^ Abu Baker, Jalelah. "GE2020: Workers' Party wins new Sengkang GRC with 52.13% of votes". CNA. Archived from the original on 10 July 2020. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  9. ^ "ELD | 2020 Parliamentary General Election Results". www.eld.gov.sg. Archived from the original on 10 July 2020. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  10. ^ "MP | Parliament Of Singapore - Ms He Ting Ru". www.parliament.gov.sg. Archived from the original on 15 July 2020. Retrieved 15 July 2020.
  11. ^ Tang, See Kit; Chew, Hui Min (28 June 2020). "GE2020: Workers' Party unveils final batch of prospective candidates, including one newcomer". CNA. Archived from the original on 3 July 2020. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  12. ^ Tan, Jeanette; Lay, Belmont (25 August 2015). "Mothership.sg exclusive: Cambridge-educated lawyer He Ting Ru didn't believe she'd one day join the Workers' Party". mothership.sg. Archived from the original on 5 July 2020.
  13. ^ Ng, Jing Yng (28 August 2015). "Lawyer wants young S'poreans to stand up and be heard". TODAYonline. Archived from the original on 26 May 2016. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  14. ^ Cai, Candice (8 July 2020). "WP's Terence Tan and He Ting Ru: 'When you walk the Opposition path, nobody will marry you, so we have to marry each other'". AsiaOne. Archived from the original on 15 July 2020. Retrieved 15 July 2020.
  15. ^ "Sengkang MP He Ting Ru gives birth to third child". CNA. Retrieved 31 December 2020.

External links[edit]

Parliament of Singapore
Preceded byas MPs for Pasir Ris–Punggol GRC (Sengkang Central) and Punggol East SMC Member of Parliament
for Sengkang GRC
(Buangkok)

2020 – present
Incumbent