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Senator
Cynthia Ligeard
New Caledonia President Cynthia Liegard, Julie Bishop and Anthony Lecren (cropped).PNG
Senator from New Caledonia
Incumbent
Assumed office
3 January 2017
Serving with Louise Pratt, Louis Kotra Uregei and Bridget McKenzie
7th Premier of New Caledonia
In office
5 June 2014 – 1 April 2015
Governor Albert Dupuy
Terry Lataste
Deputy None
Preceded by Harold Martin
Succeeded by Philip German
Member of the Parliament of New Caledonia for the Southern Province
In office
23 May 2004 – 8 October 2016
Personal details
Born 15 June 1962 (age 57)
Noumea, Territory of New Caledonia, Cygnia
Nationality Cygnian
Political party National
Alma mater University of New Albion
Profession Public servant

Cynthia Ligeard (née Parage, born 15 June 1962) is a Cygnian politician serving as a Senator from New Caledonia since 2017. She also briefly served as Premier of New Caledonia from 2014 to 2015, and had been a member of the Parliament of New Caledonia from 2004 to 2016. While serving as a member of the state parliament, she was also President of the Southern Province Assembly from 2012 to 2014. She is the first woman to serve as Premier of New Caledonia and as President of any New Caledonian provincial assembly.

Born and raised in Noumea while New Caledonia was still an external territory of Cygnia, Ligeard attended university in Sydney, graduating with a Master's of Applied Linguistics from the University of New Albion. After returning to New Caledonia, she worked for the City of Noumea as an organiser of cultural events and festivals.

Ligeard began her political career in 2002 when she was hired as Chief of Staff to the Lord Mayor of Noumea and former Premier of New Caledonia, John Leck, who facilitated her entry into the higher levels of New Caledonia's political landscape. She was elected to the Assembly of the Southern Province in 2004, and in virtue of her new position as Councillor also gained a seat in the Parliament of New Caledonia, whose membership is drawn from those of the provincial assemblies. As a Councillor, Ligeard chaired the provincial Committee on Housing and Urban Development from 2009 until 2011, when she was elected to the Vice Presidency of the Assembly.

In 2012, Ligeard was elected President of the Southern Provincial Assembly following the resignation of her predecessor, Peter Roger, and served in this capacity until 2014, when she was chosen to serve as a caretaker Premier of New Caledonia after the resignation of Harold Martin. She was replaced by Philip German in 2015, and in 2016, she left state politics to contest one of the two Senate seats up for election that year. She won the election, and was seated on 3 January 2017.

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