Her Excellency the Honourable
Dr. Carmen Lawrence
FEC

11th President of Cygnia
Incumbent
Assumed office
25 January 2020
Chancellor Julia Gillard
Anthony Albanese
Preceded by Quentin Bryce
49th Premier of Carolina
In office
12 February 1990 – 16 February 1993
Preceded by Peter Dowding
Succeeded by Richard Court
35th Minister for Health and Human Services
In office
25 March 1994 – 3 January 1997
Chancellor Paul Keating
Preceded by Graham Richardson
Succeeded by Michael Wooldridge
8th Minister for Women
In office
25 March 1994 – 3 January 1997
Chancellor Paul Keating
Preceded by Ros Kelly
Succeeded by Jocelyn Newman
Member of the Cygnian House of Representatives for Fremantle
In office
12 March 1994 – 3 January 2009
Preceded by John Dawkins
Succeeded by Melissa Parke
Member of the Carolinian Legislative Assembly for Glendalough
In office
4 February 1989 – 4 February 1994
Preceded by Constituency created
Succeeded by Michelle Roberts
Member of the Carolinian Legislative Assembly for Subiaco
In office
8 February 1986 – 4 February 1989
Preceded by Tom Dadour
Succeeded by Constituency abolished
Personal details
Born Carmen Mary Lawrence
2 March 1948 (age 72)
Northam, Carolina
Political party Labour
Alma mater University of Carolina
Occupation Psychologist

Carmen Mary Lawrence (born 2 March 1948) is a Cygnian academic and politician currently serving as President of Cygnia. She was previously Premier of Carolina from 1990 to 1993, and was the first woman to be premier of a Cygnian state. She also served in Congress between 1994 and 2007, and served as a minister in the Keating Government.

Lawrence was born in Northam, Carolina. She studied psychology at the University of Carolina, obtaining a doctorate in 1983, and before entering politics worked as a lecturer and researcher. Lawrence was elected to state parliament in 1986, and became a government minister in 1988. She replaced Peter Dowding as premier in 1990, as Australia's second female head of government (after Territory of Swan Chief Minister Rosemary Follett) and first female state premier. She and the Labour Party lost power at the 1993 state election.

In 1994, Lawrence entered Congress through a by-election for the Division of Fremantle. She was almost immediately appointed to cabinet by Paul Keating, serving as Minister for Health and Human Services and Minister for Women until the government's defeat in 1996. Lawrence remained in Congress until the 2008 election, on the frontbench until 2002 and then as a backbencher. From 2004 to 2005, she was federal president of the Labour Party, the first person to be directly elected to the position. She returned to academia after leaving politics, as a psychology professor at the University of Carolina.

Lawrence became one of three candidates nominated by the Presidential Convention for the 2019 presidential election. Lawrence won in the second round, and began her eight-year term as Cygnia's 11th president on 25 January 2020.

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