Sudarat Keyuraphan


Sudarat Keyuraphan ( th, สุดารัตน์ เกยุราพันธุ์, ) is a Thai politician and former chairwoman of 's strategic committee. She held various positions in the cabinet and served multiple terms as a Member of Parliament. She was her party's prime minister candidate in the .

Family and personal life

Sudarat was born in to Mr. Sompon Keyurapan and Mrs. Renu Keyuraphan. Her father was the former Member of Parliament from Nakhon Ratchasima Province. Sudarat graduated high-school from St. Joseph Convent School in Bangkok. She earned her bachelor's degree from in commerce and accountancy and a master's degree from the . In 2018, she earned her in Buddhist studies from . Sudarat is married to Mr. Somyos Leelapunyalert, who is a real estate entrepreneur. They have 3 children whose names are Phumphat, Peeraphat, and Yossuda.

Political work

Sudarat began her political career as part of the , being elected an MP for Bangkok's District 12 in the . She was reelected in September of the same year and was appointed deputy government spokesperson for Government. In 1994, Sudarat was appointed Secretary-General of the Palang Dharma Party and was also appointed Deputy Minister of Transport. In the , Sudarat was re-elected MP and was appointed Deputy Minister of Interior in Government. In 1996, Sudarat was once again elected MP and was the only member to be elected from Palang Dharma. Two years later, in 1998, Sudarat co-founded the together with and 21 others, including , , Purachai Piumsombun, , and . Sudarat was appointed Deputy Leader of Thai Rak Thai In the , Sudarat was elected a Member of Parliament and was appointed Minister of Public Health on February 17, 2001 under the Thaksin government. She was involved in a long-running scandal over the purchase of overpriced computers for hospitals by the Ministry of Public Health. The saw her party win over 61% of the vote, becoming the largest party, and Sudarat was appointed Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives. She lost her position following the . As one of 111 executive members of the TRT, she was banned from political activities for five years after the . Sudarat later returned to Thai politics, contesting the as a party-list MP and prime ministerial candidate for the Pheu Thai Party. However, although the party won the most constituency seats, it did not win any party-list seats.

Notable awards and honors

* 1996 - Thailand Tatler Award “Most talked about personality of the year” * 1997 – Notable Alumni Awards from Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy from Chulalongkorn University * 2003 – Tobacco-Free World Award from WHO * 2003 – Mental Health Princess Award in supporting Mental health from ''Her Royal Highness'' Princess Galyani Vadhana * 2014 – World Buddhist Outstanding Leader Award from World Fellowship of Buddhists * 2015 – Asoka Pilla Trophy Religion Leader from The Association of Distinguished Contributors to Buddhism of Thailand

Royal decorations

1996 Knight Grand Cordon (Special Class) of the Most Noble 1999 Knight Grand Cordon (Special Class) of the Most Exalted 2005 Member of the Most Illustrious 2005 Knight Grand Cross (First Class) of the Most Admirable '


External links

Official site
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