Jacinda Ardern is the 40th and current Prime Minister of New Zealand since 26 October 2017. She has also served as the Leader of the Labour Party since 1 August 2017.
After graduating from the University of Waikato in 2001, Jacinda began her career working as a researcher in the office of Prime Minister Helen Clark. She later worked in the United Kingdom as a policy advisor to British Prime Minister Tony Blair. In 2008, she was elected President of the International Union of Socialist Youth.
Jacinda became a list MP in 2008, a position she held for almost ten years until her election to the Mount Albert electorate in the 2017 by-election, held on 25 February. She was unanimously elected as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party on 1 March 2017, following the resignation of Annette King. Jacinda became Leader of the Labour Party on 1 August 2017, after Andrew Little resigned from the position following a historically low poll result for the party. She is credited with increasing her party’s rating in opinion polls. In the general election of 23 September 2017, the Labour Party won 46 seats (a net gain of 14). The New Zealand First party chose to enter into a minority coalition government with Labour, supported by the Greens, with Jacinda Ardern as Prime Minister.
Ideologically, Jacinda describes herself as both a social democrat and a progressive. She is the world’s youngest female head of government, having taken office at age 37 Giving birth to a daughter on 21 June 2018, Jacinda became the world’s second elected Head of Government to give birth while in office.