Judith Anne Collins is a New Zealand politician of the National Party. She is the Member of Parliament for Papakura and was a government minister under John Key and Bill English. Prior to entering politics Collins worked as a commercial lawyer, including running her own practice for a decade. She entered Parliament in the 2002 election, and was promoted to Cabinet when National came into government in 2008. Her initial ministerial portfolios were Police, Corrections and Veterans' Affairs. After the 2011 election, her portfolios changed to Justice, Accident Compensation Corporation and Ethnic Affairs. She was ranked fifth in Cabinet, and was the highest ranked woman. Collins resigned from Cabinet on 30 August 2014 following e-mail leaks alleging she had undermined the head of the Serious Fraud Office whilst she was the minister responsible for that organisation.
|Born:||Judith Anne Collins, February 24, 1959, Hamilton, New Zealand|
|Political party:||National Party|
|Spouse(s):||David Wong Tung|
|Alma mater:||University of Canterbury, University of Auckland|
|Twitter:||Judith Collins's Twitter profile|
About Judith Collins
While serving in the New Zealand Parliament as a representative of the Papakura constituency, this National Party member also held such titles as Minister for the Accident Compensation Corporation, Minister of Justice, and Minister of Police.
After briefly attending the University of Canterbury, she earned bachelor's and master's degrees in law from the University of Auckland. Before entering politics, she worked as a tax, employment, and property attorney.
From 2002 until 2008, she represented New Zealand's Clevedon electorate in Parliament.
She and her five siblings grew up on a dairy farm in New Zealand's northern Waikato region. She later married David Wong Tun; the couple raised a son named James.
She began representing Papakura in the New Zealand Parliament in the same year that fellow National Party politician John Key took office as New Zealand's thirty-eighth Prime Minister.
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