First elected as a Member of Parliament in 1995, he served in the Cabinet of Tanzania as Deputy Minister of Works from 1995 to 2000, Minister of Works from 2000 to 2006, Minister of Lands and Human Settlement from 2006 to 2008, Minister of Livestock and Fisheries from 2008 to 2010, and as Minister of Works for a second time from 2010 to 2015
Seven Brief things about John Pombe Magufuli you may not
- He is from a very poor background, herding cattle and selling milk and fish to support the family.
- John Pombe Joseph Magufuli was born 29 October 1959 and is the President of Tanzania, in office since 2015.
- Prior to entering politics, he was a maths and chemistry teacher, he is an industrial chemist and holds a doctorate from Dar es Salaam university – he received it in 2009.
- Former political positions held: He served as lawmaker between 1995 – 2005 on the ticket of the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party – the ruling party since 1961.
- He was a minister under the administration of his predecessor, Jakaya Kikwete. CCM chose him as leader after Kikwete served his constitutionally mandated two terms (2005 – 2015)
- Current Vice-President: He picked Samia Suluhu, 57. She became first female vice president but 10th person to hold the post.
- Family: Magufuli, a staunch Catholic is married to Mrs. Janet Magufuli and the couple have three children.