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Kevin Rudd

About Kevin Rudd

Kevin Michael Rudd, a former Australian politician and Prime Minister was born on 21st September 1957 at Nambour, Queensland. He became Prime Minister of Australia twice; first in 2007 and then in 2013. His first tenure as the 26th Prime Minister lasted till June 2010 but the next time he could be in power for just 11 weeks. He was the first Prime Minister to appoint a woman deputy, Julia Gillard.

Early life and Education

He had a bad attack of rheumatic fever in the early childhood that led to severe heart problems. His family ended up in financial crisis after the death of his father, Albert. In 1972 at the age of 15, he joined the Australian Labor Party. He did his schooling at Eumundi Primary School, Marist Brothers College Ashgrove and Nambour State High School. Rudd graduated in Asian studies from Australian National University. His post graduation was in Chinese language and Chinese history. His thesis on Chinese democracy activist Wei Jingsheng was supervised by an eminent Belgian-Australian sinologist Pierre Ryckmans.

Political Career

Rudd served as a diplomat in the Department of Foreign Affairs till 1988. Later he joined as Chief of Staff to Wayne Goss, the Opposition Leader in Queensland. When Goss was elected Premier in 1989, he chose Rudd to be the Director-General of the Office of Cabinet. While in the position Rudd proved himself to be Queensland's most powerful bureaucrat. He initiated a number of reforms. After the fall of the Gross government KPMG Australia, an accounting firm hired him as a Senior China Consultant. He was the Labor candidate for the seat of Griffith at the 1996 federal election. He lost it due to the unpopularity of Labor in Queensland. He won the same seat in the 1998 election. Very soon he became the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs. In December 2006 he became leader of the Labor party and the leader of the opposition, challenging Kim Beazley. Labor won a landslide victory in 2007 election and Rudd was sworn in as the Prime Minister on 3rd December.

Personal Life

Rudd married Thérèse Rein on 17th November 1981, with whom he had three children Jessica, Nicholas and Marcus.

26th Prime Minister of Australia
In office: 27 June 2013 – 18 September 2013
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Quentin Bryce
Deputy Anthony Albanese
Preceded by Julia Gillard
Succeeded by Tony Abbott
In office: 3 December 2007�– 24 June 2010
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Michael Jeffery, Quentin Bryce
Deputy Julia Gillard
Preceded by John Howard
Succeeded by Julia Gillard
Leader of the Labor Party
In office: 26 June 2013�– 13 September 2013
Deputy Anthony Albanese
Preceded by Julia Gillard
Succeeded by Bill Shorten
In office: 4 December 2006�– 24 June 2010
Deputy Julia Gillard
Preceded by Kim Bveazley
Succeeded by Julia Gillard
Minister for Foreign Affairs
In office 14 September 2010�– 22 February 2012
Prime Minister Julia Gillard
Preceded by Stephen Smith
Succeeded by Bob Carr
Leader of the Opposition
In office: 4 December 2006�– 3 December 2007
Deputy Julia Gillard
Preceded by Kim Beazley
Succeeded by Brendan Nelson
Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs
In office: 11 November 2001�– 4 December 2006
Leader Simon Crean, Mark Latham, Kim Beazley
Preceded by Jenny Macklin
Succeeded by Stephen Smith
Member of the Australian Parliament for Griffith
In office: 3 October 1998�– 22 November 2013
Preceded by Graeme McDougall
Succeeded by Terri Butler
9th Chairperson-in-office of the Commonwealth of Nations
In office: 27 June 2013�– 18 September 2013
Head Elizabeth II
Preceded by Julia Gillard
Succeeded by Tony Abbott
Personal details
Born 21 September 1957 (age 56), Nambour, Queensland, Australia
Political party Labor Party
Spouse(s) Th�r�se Rein
Children 3
Residence Norman Park, Queensland, Australia
Alma mater Australian National University
Religion Anglicanism

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