Jim Rodgers (politician)

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Jim Rodgers
Lord Mayor Bill Rodgers-cropped.jpg
52nd Lord Mayor of Belfast
In office
Preceded by Pat McCarthy
Succeeded by Tom Hartley
Constituency Belfast East
46th Lord Mayor of Belfast
In office
Preceded by Sammy Wilson
Succeeded by Alex Maskey
Personal details
Born Belfast
Political party Ulster Unionist Party
Religion Methodist[1]

Jim Rodgers OBE is a politician from Northern Ireland who was previously the High Sheriff of Belfast, (succeeded by Incumbent Alderman Thomas Haire 16th January 2017) the judicial representative of the sovereign in Belfast. He is an elected Councillor and appointed Alderman at Belfast City Council.


In 1973 he stood unsuccessfully as a candidate for the Vanguard Unionist Progressive Party in the election to the Northern Ireland Assembly.[2]

In 1996 he was elected to the Northern Ireland Peace Forum for East Belfast. Rodgers stood in the 1998, 2003 and 2007 Northern Ireland Assembly elections for East Belfast but was unsuccessful on each occasion. He is a councillor for Victoria DEA on Belfast City Council and was elected as Lord Mayor of Belfast in 2001. Rodgers was again elected Lord Mayor in 2007, he had the backing of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) group on the council and the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP).[3]

Currently Rodgers is Chairman of Belfast Education and Library Board, Ex-Chairman of Belfast District Policing Partnership. He is also a member of the Sports Council and Northern Ireland Events Company. He is also a director of Glentoran FC.

At a DPP meeting in Short Strand Community centre on 15 June 2009 he claimed he had been attacked with eggs and stones by members of the IRSP.[4]


  1. ^ "Backlash to Methodist Covenant apology", newsletter.co.uk; accessed 20 October 2015.
  2. ^ Northern Ireland elections
  3. ^ Profile, bbc.co.uk; accessed 20 October 2015.
  4. ^ Eggs and Stones thrown at Jim Rodgers, bbc.co.uk; accessed 20 October 2015.

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Northern Ireland Forum
Preceded by
New creation
Member for East Belfast
1996 - 1998
Succeeded by
Forum dissolved
Civic offices
Preceded by
Margaret Crooks
Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast
Succeeded by
Bob Stoker
Preceded by
Sammy Wilson
Lord Mayor of Belfast
2001 - 02
Succeeded by
Alex Maskey
Preceded by
Pat McCarthy
Lord Mayor of Belfast
2007 - 08
Succeeded by
Tom Hartley
Preceded by
Gareth McKee
High Sheriff of Belfast
2016 – 2017
Succeeded by
Tom Haire