Facts about Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson is 55 years old
Born: June 19, 1964
Best known as: The journalist who became prime minister of the U.K. in 2019

     

Boris Johnson Biography

Name at birth: Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson

Boris Johnson became the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on July 24, 2019, after the resignation of Theresa May.

A leader of the Conservative Party, Johnson’s political popularity soared after he emerged as the loudest voice for the “Leave” campaign that led to a U.K. vote to exit the European Union (“Brexit”) in 2016.

Born in the United States, Johnson was educated at boarding school in England and then Eton College and Balliol College, Oxford. He began his career in the late 1980s as a journalist.

During the 1990s, Johnson was a writer and editor for The Daily Telegraph. From 1994 until 2005, he was a columnist and then editor of the magazine The Spectator.

In politics, he first ran for a seat in Parliament in 1997 and lost. Johnson then became a familiar face on television, known for his mussed white hair and irreverent bluster. He ran again and won.

He served as a Member of Parliament from 2001, then he was the mayor of London, elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2012, despite a scandalous personal life that kept him in the gossip columns. He served as Mayor until 2016.

Johnson’s stance on breaking with the European Union put him in a position of leadership while a deal was being brokered, and P.M. May made Johnson the Foreign Secretary in July of 2016. He resigned two years later, apparently frustrated with May’s negotiations.

Johnson emerged as her successor, pledging a swift Brexit deal, regardless of obstacles.

To some, this showed Johnson as the forceful, innovative leader he claimed to be; to others, Johnson was a bumptious interloper mucking up the process for his own personal ambitions.

Extra credit

Along with being a politician and television personality, Boris Johnson is the author of several books, including a novel (2004’s Seventy-two Virgins) and a biographical treatment of Winston Churchill (2014’s The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History ).


     

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