Theresa May became the Leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in July 2016. Prior to this she served as Home Secretary from May 2010, having first been elected to Parliament in May 1997 to represent the constituency of Maidenhead.
After graduating from the University of Oxford, Theresa worked for the Bank of England and the Association for Payment Clearing Services. She also served as a councillor in the London Borough of Merton from 1986 to 1994.
After becoming an MP, she was a member of the Shadow Cabinet from 1999 to 2010, including roles as Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Employment, Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, and Shadow Leader of the House of Commons. From 2002 to 2003 she was the first woman Chairman of the Conservative Party.
She married her husband, Philip, in 1980.