|Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives|
11 March 2005 – 19 September 2006
|Prime Minister||Thaksin Shinawatra|
|Preceded by||Wan Muhamad Noor Matha|
|Succeeded by||Theera Sutabut|
|Minister of Public Health|
17 February 2001 – 10 March 2005
|Prime Minister||Thaksin Shinawatra|
|Preceded by||Korn Dabbaransi|
|Succeeded by||Suchai Jarernrattanakul|
|Deputy Minister of the Interior|
28 May 1996 – 14 August 1996
|Prime Minister||Banharn Silpa-archa|
|Preceded by||Anusorn Wongwan|
|Succeeded by||Arsa Meksawan|
|Deputy Minister of Transport|
25 October 1994 – 19 May 1995
|Prime Minister||Chuan Leekpai|
|Preceded by||Pinit Jarusombat|
|Succeeded by||Dej Boonlang|
|Member of the Thai House of Representatives|
|Born||1 May 1961|
|Political party||Thai Rak Thai Party (1998–2006)|
Pheu Thai Party (2018–present)
|Education||Chulalongkorn University (BS, MBA)|
Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University (PhD)
|Branch/service||Volunteer Defense Corps|
Sudarat Keyuraphan (Thai: สุดารัตน์ เกยุราพันธุ์, pronounced [sù(ʔ).dāː.rát kēː.jú(ʔ).rāː.pʰān]) is a Thai politician and chairwoman of Pheu Thai Party's strategic committee. She held various positions in the cabinet and served multiple terms as a Member of Parliament. She had been nominated as her party's prime minister candidate for 2019 Thai general election.
Family and personal life
Sudarat was born in Bangkok to Mr. Sompon Keyurapan and Mrs. Renu Keyuraphan. Her father was the former Member of Parliament from Nakhon Ratchasima Province. Sudarat graduated her high-school from St. Joseph Convent School in Bangkok and earned Bachelor Degree from Chulalongkorn University in Commerce and Accountancy and Master Degree from Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkorn University and in 2018, she earned her Doctoral Degree from Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University in Buddhist Studies.
Sudarat is married to Mr. Somyos Leelapunyalert, who is a real estate entrepreneur. They have 3 children whose names are Phumphat, Peeraphat, and Yossuda.
Sudarat began her political career in 1991 when she was elected as the Member of Parliament representing district 12 in Bangkok . In 1992 election, Sudarat has been re-elected as the Member of Parliament in Bangkok and has been appointed as Deputy Government Spokesmen in Chuan Leekpai’s Government.
In 1994, Sudarat has been appointed as the Secretary-General of Palang Dharma Party .She also has been appointed as Deputy Minister of Transport in Chuan Leekpai’s Government.
On 1995 Election, Sudarat was re-elected as Member of Parliament from Bangkok and has been appointed as The Deputy Minister of Interior in Banharn Silpa-archa’s Government. During her administration there was 11 months delay in Bang Na Expressway project.It was a huge scandal in Thailand because Thai Government might have to pay several thousand Million baht compensation.
In 1996, Sudarat was once again been elected as the Member of Parliament and was the only member to be elected from Palang Dharma Party.
Two years later, in 1998, Sudarat has co-founded Thai Rak Thai Party together with Thaksin Shinawatra and 21 other founding members, including Somkid Jatusripitak, Thanong Bidaya, Purachai Piumsombun, Thammarak Isaragura na Ayuthaya, and Prommin Lertsuridej. Sudarat has been appointed as the Deputy Leader of Thai Rak Thai Party. The party has successfully won over 61% in 2006 elections and became the largest party.
In 2001 Election, Sudarat was elected as The Member of Parliament and been appointed as Minister of Public Health in February 17, 2001 under Thaksin Shinawatra’s Government. She was involved in a long-running scandal over the purchase of overpriced computers for Hospitals,Ministry of Public Health. In 2006 Sudarat was appointed as Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives she lost her position because of the September 2006 coup.
Notable awards and honors
- 1996 - Thailand Tatler Award “Most talked about personality of the year”
- 1997 – Notable Alumni Awards from Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy from Chulalongkorn University
- 2003 – Tobacco-Free World Award from WHO
- 2003 – Mental Health Princess Award in supporting Mental health from Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana
- 2014 – World Buddhist Outstanding Leader Award from World Fellowship of Buddhists
- 2015 – Asoka Pilla Trophy Religion Leader from The Association of Distinguished Contributors to Buddhism of Thailand
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