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Australian Politician and former Prime Minister

  • Kevin Michael Rudd served as the 26th Australian Prime Minister from 2007 to 2010.
  • He was the Leader of the Labor Party from 2006 to 2010.
  • He was born on 21 September 1957 in Queensland and grew up on a dairy farm.
  • He is of English and Irish descent.
  • He joined the Australian Labor Party at the age of 15 and was dux of Nambour State High School in 1974.
  • He studied a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies at the Australian National University, majoring in Chinese language and Chinese history.
  • He worked for the Department of Foreign Affairs from 1981 to 1988, when he became Chief of Staff to Queensland Premier Wayne Goss.
  • In 1981, he married Thérèse Rein whom he had met at a gathering of the Australian Student Christian Movement during his university years.
  • He was hired as a Senior China Consultant by the accounting firm KPMG Australia.
  • He was first elected to the House of Representatives for Griffith at the 1998 federal election, joining the Shadow Cabinet in 2001 as Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs.
  • Labor won the 2007 federal election with a 23-seat swing, and Rudd was sworn in as the 26th Prime Minister of Australia on 3 December.
  • Rudd's deputy, Julia Gillard, announced on 23 June 2010 that she would challenge him for the leadership the following day. Kevin resigned on the morning of the ballot.
  • After his resignation, he successfully recontested his seat at the 2010 federal election, after which Labor formed a minority government.
  • He was subsequently promoted back to the Cabinet by Julia Gillard as Minister for Foreign Affairs, a post he remained in until he resigned on 22 February 2012.
  • His nephew, Van Thanh Rudd is a Melbourne-based artist and activist.

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