Mr Desmond LEE
Mr Desmond Lee was elected a Member of Parliament (MP) for the Jurong Group Representation Constituency (GRC) in May 2011. During this time as a back-bencher, he also served as a member of the Government Parliamentary Committees for Culture, Community and Youth, Home Affairs and Law and Social and Family Development.
Mr Lee is currently the Minister for Social and Family Development, and the Second Minister in the Ministry of National Development. He is also the Deputy Leader of the House. Mr Lee was first appointed as Minister of State for National Development in September 2013. After his re-election as MP for Jurong GRC in September 2015, Mr Lee was appointed as Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs and National Development. In 2017, he was appointed Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister for Home Affairs and National Development.
Mr Lee began his career in the civil service as a Justices’ Law Clerk of the Supreme Court, providing legal research support. He then served as a Deputy Public Prosecutor and State Counsel in the Criminal Justice Division of the Attorney General’s Chambers. In 2005, Mr Lee was posted to the Ministry of Health to head its legal department.
Before entering politics, Mr Lee also spent two years at the Legal Policy Division of the Ministry of Law. Subsequently, he joined Temasek as in-house counsel until his appointment to office at the Ministry of National Development (MND).
Mr Lee graduated in 2001 from the National University of Singapore with first class honours in law. He also holds a Masters degree in law from the University of Oxford.
Mr Lee is married with three children.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance
Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security
Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for Social Policies
Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and
Minister for Transport
Minister for Defence
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law
Minister for Health
Minister for Communications and Information
Minister for Culture, Community and Youth
Minister for Trade and Industry
Minister for National Development and Second Minister for Finance
Minister for the Environment and Water Resources
Minister, Prime Minister's Office
Minister for Education
Minister for Manpower and Second Minister for Home Affairs
Minister, Prime Minister's Office, Second Minister for Finance and Second Minister for Education