Paul Givan

Paul Jonathan Givan (born 12 October 1981) is a Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) politician from Northern Ireland who has served as First Minister of Northern Ireland since 17 June 2021.[1]

Paul Givan

Official portrait, 2016
First Minister of Northern Ireland
Assumed office
17 June 2021
Serving with Michelle O'Neill
Preceded byArlene Foster
Minister for Communities
In office
25 May 2016  26 January 2017
Preceded byThe Lord Morrow
Succeeded byDeirdre Hargey
Member of the Legislative Assembly
for Lagan Valley
Assumed office
14 June 2010
Preceded byJeffrey Donaldson
Councillor for Lisburn City Council
In office
2005–2013
WardLisburn Town North
Personal details
Born (1981-10-12) 12 October 1981 (age 39)
Lisburn, Northern Ireland
Political partyDemocratic Unionist Party
Spouse(s)Emma Givan
Children3
Alma materUniversity of Ulster

Givan has served as the Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Lagan Valley since 2010. He served as the Minister for Communities in the Northern Ireland Executive under First Minister Arlene Foster from 2016 to 2017. On 17 June 2021, DUP Leader Edwin Poots nominated Givan to succeed Foster as First Minister. Appointed at age 39,[1] Givan is the youngest First Minister in Northern Ireland's history.[2]

Givan has been associated with socially conservative views and has been described as being on the right wing of the DUP.[3]