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Victoria Sarah Englehart (b. 7 Dec 1957) is a Georgeland economist and politician currently serving as a Senator from Long Island. She was previously (2006-2017) Chief Minister of her state, the first woman to hold that office. She is a Liberal Democrat and leader of her party in the Senate. In the government of Clare Price from January to July 2019, Englehart was Leader of the Government in the Senate and Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Arts.


Englehart
Victoria Englehart
Position 27th Chief Minister of Long Island
Term in office October 4, 2006 - June 13, 2017
Preceded by Thomas Nathan
Succeeded by Frazer McCall
Political party Liberal Democrat
Total time in office Incumbent
Born December 7, 1957
Spouse Derek Cathcart (married 1994)

Born in Dannyburg, Englehart entered politics while still at High School, working for her uncle's Senate campaign in 1973. In 1975 she entered the University of Long Island and graduated in 1978 with a degree in economics. Englehart joined the Labour Party in 1980 and stood unsucessfully for the House of Commons in 1982.
Englehart was elected to the Long Island legislature in 1992, and served as a junior minister in the early governments of Bob Patterson. She became Minister for Health in 1998. In 1999, she joined Patterson and most of the government in defecting to the new Liberal Party - this party merged with the Democrats to form the LDP in 2004.
Englehart became Treasurer in 2000 and was seen by many as the likely choice to succeed Patterson. In 2003, Patterson was indicted on corruption charges and forced to resign. The resulting scandal damaged Englehart's chances as she was seen as too close to Patterson to be a viable leadership contender. She stood for the leadership against rival Charles Jones; when it became clear that neither one of them had enough support to avoid a second ballot, Jones withdrew in favour of Thomas Nathan, who won the election and became Chief Minister. Englehart remained Treasurer until 2006.
Englehart is part of the party's broad left faction, though she was previously part of the Labour right-wing. Englehart supports gay marriage and abortion rights; she is also an opponent of nuclear power.

Preceded by
Thomas Nathan
Chief Minister of Long Island
October 4, 2006 -
Succeeded by
Incumbent


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