Chris Hazzard MP
Chris was co-opted for Cllr Willie Clarke into the Assembly in 2012 and served his time in various roles including the Education, Environment, and Economy Committees. In the main he spent 4 years as Education spokesperson working alongside Minister John O’Dowd in developing progressive policies that were successful in raising educational outcomes for all children.
When Martin McGuinness was putting together what would be his last Executive team in May 2016 he asked Chris to take on the role of Infrastructure Minister. During the shortened lifetime of the last power-sharing Executive Chris demonstrated that he could be a force for delivery & equality as he focused on addressing the infrastructural deficit in rural areas of the north of Ireland, particularly west of the Bann.
Following Martin McGuinness’s resignation and the collapse of the Stormont Government in January 2017 Chris represented Sinn Féin in the Westminster Election and made history in becoming the first ever Irish Republican elected as an MP for the South Down constituency.
Away from political life Chris enjoys spending time with his young family and is still a playing member of his local GAA club in Drumaness, Co Down.