DUP STRANGFORD MLA Simon Hamilton has been appointed the new Finance Minister at the Stormont Executive.
He replaces the DUP’s Sammy Wilson and takes up his post from today, Monday, July 29.
It is the second reshuffle within the Executive over the past few weeks.
The SDLP’s Alex Attwood stepped down as Environment Minister earlier this month.
He has been replaced by the party’s Derry MLA, Mark H Durkan.
All eyes are now a third expected reshuffle within the Executive.
Health Minister Edwin Poots MLA is expected to step aside soon as part of a reshuffle.
It has been expected that he will be replaced by the party’s south Down MLA Jim Wells.
Simon Hamilton was born in the Strangford constituency and he was first elected to represent in the Northern Ireland Assembly in March 2007.
Educated at Comber Primary School and Regent House School, Simon graduated from The Queen’s University of Belfast with a BA (Hons) in Modern History and Politics and a BLegSc in Law.
He began his career at a leading accountancy firm in Belfast.
He has served as deputy chairperson of the Finance & Personnel Committee between 2008 and 2009, and as a member of the Enterprise, Trade & Investment Committee.
In July 2009, the MLA was appointed by DUP leader Peter Robinson as Chairman of the Assembly’s Social Development Committee with the job of scrutinising the work of the Department of Social Development in respect of housing, social security, the community and voluntary sector and urban regeneration.
Before taking up his post on Monday, Mr Hamilton had bee private secretary Sammy Wilson.
Mr Hamilton lives in Comber with his wife Nicki and their sons Lewis and Kyle.
He list his hobbies as reading, walking and enjoys watching sport, especially his hometown football team of Comber Rec.