- 14 July 1960
Warwick, Queensland, Australia
- Parliamentarian and State Premier
Anna Maria Bligh was elected as Premier of Queensland on 21 March 2009, thus becoming the first woman in Australia to be elected in her own right as Premier. She was sworn in as Premier of Queensland on 13 September 2007, following the resignation of Peter Beattie, and was then Queensland's first female Premier. She was appointed Deputy Premier of Queensland in July 2005 - the same month she celebrated 10 years as Member for South Brisbane. As Deputy Premier she was also Treasurer and Minister for Infrastructure, running the $33 billion Queensland State Budget and leading construction of the $9 billion South-East Queensland Water Grid.
She was formerly Minister for Finance, State Development, Trade and Innovation. Prior to that she was Queensland's first female Education Minister spending almost 5 years overseeing the most significant reforms to the State's education system including the introduction of a preparatory year of schooling and requirements for all young people to be "learning or earning". During that time she also had responsibilities for the Arts portfolio, overseeing construction of the Millennium Arts Precinct. Following the election of the Beattie Labor Government in June 1998, her first ministerial responsibility was as Minister for Families, Youth and Community Care and Disability Services.
In 2017, Anna Bligh was made a Companion in the General Division of the order of Australia 'for eminent service to the Parliament of Queensland, particularly as Premier, to infrastructure development and education reform, as an advocate for the role of women in public life, and to the not for-profit sector'.