Robert Coulter

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Robert Coulter
MLA
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Antrim North
In office
25 June 1998 – 5 May 2011
Preceded by New Creation
Succeeded by Robin Swann
Personal details
Born (1929-10-23) 23 October 1929 (age 87)
Ballymena, Northern Ireland
Political party Ulster Unionist Party
Alma mater Trinity College, Dublin University of Ulster
Profession Clergyman
Religion Presbyterian

Rev Dr Robert Coulter MLA (born 1929) is a Unionist politician from Northern Ireland.

Between 1998 and 2011 he served as an Ulster Unionist Party MLA for North Antrim.[1] Coulter was born in 1929, making him the second oldest MLA after the Rev. Ian Paisley.

He was educated at Ballymena College, Trinity College, Dublin and the University of Ulster.

He is married with one son and one daughter. He is a retired Presbyterian minister and a former lecturer in religious studies at Belfast Institute for Further and Higher Education.[2]

He was elected a Councillor for Ballymena Borough Council in 1985 and was Mayor of Ballymena from 1993 to 1996.

Coulter was elected Alderman of the Borough of Ballymena in 1996.

He was elected to represent the constituency of North Antrim in the Northern Ireland Forum for Political Dialogue (1996–1998)

He was a member of the Health, Social Service and Public Safety Committee in the 1998-2003 Assembly.

Coulter was re-elected to his Assembly seat in 2007.[3]

In 2010, the Reverend Dr. Robert Coulter was honoured for his public service with membership in the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.[4]

Coulter did not put his name forward for the 2011 election in North Antrim, effectively retiring. He was in his 80's.[5]

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Civic offices
Preceded by
Hubert Nicholl
Mayor of Ballymena
1993 - 1996
Succeeded by
James Currie
Northern Ireland Forum
Preceded by
New creation
Member for North Antrim
1996 - 1998
Succeeded by
Forum dissolved
Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
New creation
MLA for Antrim North
1998 - 2011
Succeeded by
Robin Swann