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J. Dringwell Rymbai

In office
June 2006 - March 2007
Preceded by D. D. Lapang
Succeeded by D. D. Lapang
Constituency Jirang

Born October 26, 1934 (1934-10-26) (age 75)
Political party United Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Mrs Peggymon Pathaw
Children Three Daughters and two Sons
As of June 18, 2006
Source: Government of Meghalaya

J. Dringwell Rymbai (born 26 October 1934) is a politician from Meghalaya, India.[1]

Born in a poor family, he had to discontinue education during his graduation. He became an assistant teacher in a government school. He later obtained a graduate degree as well as a degree in education (B. Ed. - Bachelor of education). He went on to become the head master in a government school.[2]

He entered active politics in 1983 and contested elections to the legislative assembly of Meghalaya on the Congress party ticket from the Jirang constituency successfully. He was made the deputy speaker of the legislative assembly in the same year. He was re-elected as MLA of Jirang three times consecutively in 1993, 1998 and 2003. In 1993, he was elected the speaker of the Meghalaya Assembly. Since 1998, he has held charge of several ministries in the government.

He was regarded as a loyalist of the 2003-2006 chief minister D. D. Lapang. After dissidence over Lapang's leadership in 2006, he replaced Lapang as the Chief Minister of Meghalaya on 15 June 2006.[3][4]

He served as chief minister until March 2007, when Lapang returned to office following a decision by the Congress Party. [1] He is married to Peggymon Pathaw and has five children, three daughters and two sons.J.D. Rymbai resigned from the Assembly and Indian National Congress on January 4, 2008.




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