Howlin's career in politics spans 35 years
a FORMER teacher, Brendan Howlin, aged 60, was first elected to Wexford Corporation in 1981, serving on that body until 1993.
He was a member of Wexford County Council from 1985 until 1993.
After failing to win a seat in the national elections in 1982, he was a member of Seanad Éireann from 1983-1987 and was first elected to the Dail in 1987.
He has been in the top two to be elected in Wexford in every election since 1992 and topped the poll on two occasions.
Brendan was Minister for Health from 1993 to 1994 and Minister for the Environment from 1994 to 1997 and was Labour spokesman on the environment and a member of the joint committee on environment and local government.
He was elected Labour's Deputy Leader in 1997, the same year he was defeated in the leadership contest by Ruairi Quinn.
Five years later, in 2002, he lost out again in a Labour leadership contest, this time to Pat Rabitte.
Brendan was elected to the 30th Dail in May, 2007 and was appointed Leas-Cheann Comhairle of Dail Eireannn, in June of that year.
He was elected to the 31st Dail in February, 2011, and the 32nd Dail in February, this year, one of only seven Labour Deputies in the Chamber.
Brendan Howlin was born in Wexford in May 9, 1956 and was educated at the CBS in Wexford, and St Patrick's College, Drumcondra, before becoming a teacher.
He was active in the Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO), continuing his father's tradition of service in a trade union
The son of the late John and Molly Howlin, he is named after Brendan Corish, for whom his father was an election agent.
Brendan is a former Vice President of AWEPA, a European African Aid Organisation where he had special responsibility for development in Uganda.
Outside politics he is an avid reader and and enjoys sport owf all kind and is a regular attendee of games at Croke Park and the Aviva Stadium.
He also has a keen interest in the Arts and is strongly connected to Wexford Light Opera Society and Wexford Festival Opera.