Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party
Arlene has been involved in politics since she was a student at Queen’s University and has always been known as a strong advocate for unionism, particularly in the west of the Province. A lawyer by profession, she was born and bred in South East Fermanagh and still lives in the County with her husband and three children.
Arlene joined the DUP in 2004 and has been a senior representative for the party since that time. She has been an Executive member of the Democratic Unionist Party since 2004 and was elected leader of the party on 17th December 2015.
In 2008 Arlene was awarded the devolved Assembly Member of the Year by the Women in Public Life Awards. This award recognised the significant contribution that Arlene had made in the Northern Ireland Assembly, and she remains the most high-profile female politician in Northern Ireland.