|Ex Speaker of the Lok Sabha- 15th|
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 |
Patna, Bihar, British India
|Children||1 son, 2 daughters|
|Parents||Jagjivan Ram (father)
Indrani Devi (mother)
|Alma mater||University of Delhi|
|Occupation||Lawyer, Politician, Diplomat|
Meiṛa Kumar is presently (22 June 2017) the Presidential Candidate supported by few major political opposition parties of Indian Parliament.
She has been nominated as a joint presidential candidate by the leading opposition parties for 2017 Presidential election.
She attended the 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, on INC ticket from Bijnor in Uttar Pradesh, defeating political heavyweights like Ram Vilas Paswan and Mayawati, two powerful dalit leaders of indian politics. She was a member of the 8th, 11th and 12th Lok Sabhas from Karol Bagh in Delhi. She lost her seat in the BJP wave of 1999, but was able to get re-elected with a significant majority from her father's former constituency of Sasaram in Bihar in 2004 and 2009.[original research?].In the 2014 general election, Kumar contested and lost to Chhedi Paswan from Sasaram by a margin of 63,327 votes. 
She served in the Congress-led UPA 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 of Lok Sabha, she submitted her resignation three days after assuming ministerial office. She was elected as the first ever woman speaker of Lok Sabha. She served as the Speaker from 2009 to 2014.
- India: Woman Wins Post of Speaker New York Times, 4 June 2009.
- Meira Kumar brings Jagjivan to fore The Times of India, 4 June 2009.
- "Presidential Polls: Meira Kumar will challenge Ram Nath Kovind, BSP and SP go with Opposition choice". The Indian Express. 2017-06-23. Retrieved 2017-06-23.
- "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
|Speaker of the Lok Sabha