Lee In-je

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Lee In-je
2006년 11월 9일 국회의원 이인제.jpg
Governor of Gyeonggi Province
In office
1 July 1995 – 18 September 1997
Preceded by Lee Hae-jae
Succeeded by Im su-bok (acting)
Member of the National Assembly
In office
30 May 1988 – 7 June 1995
In office
30 May 2000 – 29 May 2016
Minister of Labor
In office
26 February 1993 – 21 December 1993
Personal details
Born (1948-12-11) 11 December 1948 (age 71)
Nonsan, South Chungcheong Province, South Korea
Nationality South Korean
Political party Reunification Democratic Party (1987-1990)

Democratic Liberal Party (1990-1995) New Korea Party (1995-1997) New People's Party (1997-1998) National Congress for New Politics (1998-2000) Democratic Party (South Korea, 2000) (2000-2002, 2007-2008) United Liberal Democrats (2002-2005) People First Party (South Korea) (2005-2007) Democratic Party (South Korea, 2008) (2008) Independent (2008-2011) Advancement Unification Party (2011-2012)

Liberty Korea Party (2012-)
Spouse(s) Kim Eun-sook
Alma mater Seoul National University
Lee In-je
Revised Romanization I In-je
McCune–Reischauer Ri In-je

Rhee In-je (hangul: 이인제; born 11 December 1948), a former judge, is a South Korean politician.[1]

Political career

He was born in Nonsan, South Chungcheong Province and graduated from Seoul National University. In 1988, he entered politics after having been elected to the National Assembly. He also served as the first Minister of Labor in President Kim Young-sam’s administration in 1993, and the governor of Gyeonggi Province from 1995-1997.

In the 1997, he was defeated by Lee Hoi-chang in the New Korea Party's election to choose its presidential candidate. Afterwards, he resigned from the party to create the New People's Party to launch his ultimately unsuccessful run for the presidency. In the 2002, he was one of the leading contenders to run for president as the nominee of the Millennium Democratic Party but resigned after being defeated by the ultimate presidential victor Roh Moo-hyun. In 2007, Rhee again ran for president as the nominee of the Democratic Party but was defeated by Grand National Party candidate Lee Myung-bak. He has stayed active in politics and in July 2014 was elected to the Supreme Council of Saenuri Party, then ruling party of the Republic of Korea.[2] He has a special nickname: Phoenikje [a combination of Phoenix and (Rhee in) JE]. The nickname derives from his ability to change political party affiliation 16 times[3] and be elected to the National Assembly a total of six times despite numerous past defeats in presidential elections and the fall of his affiliated parties.[4] He ran for governor of South Chungcheong Province in the 2018 local elections but lost to Yang Seung-jo of the Democratic Party of Korea.


  1. ^ 이인제 Lee In-je Naver people
  2. ^ 불사조 이인제, 화려한 복귀 이인제, 새누리당 최고의원 YTN, July 6, Lee In-je, Member of the Supreme Council of Saenuri Party 2014
  3. ^ kim, tae yeol (2017-03-26). "16th change of affiliating party, how was the past of 'Pheonikje' Lee In-je?".
  4. ^ lee, ha nuel (2016-04-13). "Phoenije, Rhee In Je can be elected once again? 7 times".

External links

  • Official website

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