Sam Gardiner

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Sam Gardiner
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Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Upper Bann
In office
26 November 2003 – 30 March 2016
Preceded by George Savage
Succeeded by Doug Beattie
Personal details
Born (1940-03-24) 24 March 1940 (age 77)
Lurgan, Northern Ireland
Nationality British
Political party Ulster Unionist Party
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Gardiner
Children Clive
Residence Lurgan, County Armagh
Religion Church of Ireland
Website Gardiner UUP

Alderman Samuel Gardiner MBE JP (born 24 March 1940) is a Unionist politician in Northern Ireland for the Ulster Unionist Party who is an MLA for Upper Bann.

Gardiner was elected to Lurgan Borough Council (now Craigavon Borough Council) in 1963 and held office of mayor in that borough in 1968.[1] He was mayor of Craigavon 1982/3, 1988/9 and 2000/1.

He was elected to the Northern Ireland Forum and was party whip in the same in 1996–1998.[2]

Gardiner was elected to the Assembly in 2003. He serves on the Environmental, Leisure Services and Public Services Liaison Committees and is UUP spokesperson on environment. As the oldest Northern Ireland Assembly member, Gardiner also serves as Father of the House, a role which includes presiding over the election of a new Speaker of the Assembly.[3]

He is a former High Sheriff for County Armagh and was appointed as a justice of the peace. He is also a member of the Orange Order, "deputy Sovereign Grand Master" of the Royal Black Institution and former chairman of Glenavon F.C..


  1. ^ "Biography - Sam Gardiner". Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  2. ^ "Biography - Sam Gardiner". 2007-05-05. Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  3. ^ "The ITV Hub - The home of ITV". Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
Civic offices
Preceded by
Mayor of Lurgan
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Mary Simpson
Mayor of Craigavon
Succeeded by
James Gillespie
Preceded by
Sydney Cairns
Mayor of Craigavon
Succeeded by
James McCammick
Preceded by
Fred Crowe
Mayor of Craigavon
Succeeded by
Jonathan Bell
Northern Ireland Forum
Preceded by
New creation
Member for Upper Bann
Succeeded by
Forum dissolved
Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
George Savage
MLA for Upper Bann
Succeeded by
Doug Beattie

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