Olukemi Olufunto Badenoch (// BAYD-nok; née Adegoke; born 2 January 1980) is a British Member of Parliament (MP) for Saffron Walden since 2017. A member of the Conservative Party, she has served in Boris Johnson's second government as Minister of State for Regional Growth and Local Government since the September 2021 reshuffle and as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Equalities since February 2020.
Badenoch was born in Wimbledon, London to parents of Nigerian origin. Her childhood was spent in part in Lagos, Nigeria and the United States. She returned to the United Kingdom at the age of 16. After studying Computer Systems Engineering at the University of Sussex, she worked as a software engineer at Logica. Badenoch went on to work at RBS as a systems analyst before working as an associate director at Coutts and later as a director at The Spectator magazine.
In 2012, Badenoch unsuccessfully contested a seat on the London Assembly. Three years later, Badenoch was selected as a London Assembly member after Suella Braverman and Victoria Borwick declined their seats upon being elected as MPs at the 2015 general election. She supported Brexit in the 2016 EU membership referendum. Badenoch was elected as the MP for Saffron Walden on 8 June 2017 following the retirement of former deputy speaker Alan Haselhurst; she became the first woman to represent that constituency. She served as Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury and as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Equalities at the Government Equalities Office from 2020 to 2021. In September 2021, she was promoted to Minister of State for Regional Growth and Local Government, while retaining her role as Under-Secretary of State for Equalities.