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Shalom Simhon ( , born 7 December 1956) is an Israelimarker politician and member of the Knessetmarker for the Labor Party. He currently serves as the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in the Israeli cabinet.

Biography

Born in Kfar Savamarker, After completing his national service, Simhon studied for a BA in social work, and worked as a Social Worker. He lives in Even Menachemmarker, a moshav in the western Galilee, and was secretary general of the Moshavim Movement. He has also chaired the Social Department of the Moshavim Movement, the Youth Department of the Moshavim Movement (for which he was also secretary) and was secretary general of the Agricultural Centre.

Simhon was first elected to the Knesset in the 1996 elections. He retained his seat in the 1999 elections, and was appointed Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in Ariel Sharon's national unity government as well as serving as chairman of the Finance Committee. He served in the cabinet again during the 16th Knesset after Labour joined the government, this time as Minister of the Environment. In 2006 there was an investigation into whether he had received personal favours from an airline company, though he denied the claim.

After retaining his seat in the 2006 elections he was reappointed Minister of Agriculture & Rural Development. He retained his seat again in the 2009 elections, having been placed twelfth on the Labor list.

References

  1. Minister Simhon denies receiving personal favors from airline Haaretz, 31 May 2006


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