Jenny Petersen, Baroness Petersen

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The Right Honourable

The Baroness Petersen
OM KC EC
Leader of the Opposition
In office
26 November 1986 – 15 May 1987
Monarch Alexander III
Prime Minister Antonia Davidson
Preceded by Antonia Davidson
Succeeded by John Tudor
Lord High Chancellor
In office
16 March 1992 – 11 March 1996
Monarch Alexander III
James II
Preceded by The Lord Gardener
Succeeded by The Earl Meyer
Personal details
Born (1942-03-08) 8 March 1942 (age 77)
Swanbrook, DEVX
Political party      National
Religion Christian (Anglican)

The Right Honourable Jennifer Louise Petersen OM KC EC (née Oxenden; born 8 March 1942), is a former National Party politician who briefly served as Leader of the Opposition over the summer and autumn of 1986-87. A prominent solicitor, Petersen went on to serve as a minister in the Corbett government.

In November 1986, she was chosen by the party to replace Yvonne Gates as leader at the height of the Banks Scandal. Her elevation to the leadership failed to save the government, and finding her leadership in opposition to be ineffective, Petersen resigned from Parliament to resume her legal career in May 1987. Aside from her time as Lord High Chancellor between 1992 and 1996, Petersen returned to work in Swanbrook where she was called to the Bar in 1990 and subsequently took silk in 2005. Today, despite being well past the age of retirement, Petersen continues to work as King's Counsel and can still be seen taking on briefs from time to time.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Antonia Davidson
Leader of the Opposition
1986 – 1987
Succeeded by
John Tudor
Preceded by
The Lord Gardener
Lord High Chancellor
1992 – 1996
Succeeded by
The Earl Meyer
Party political offices
Preceded by
Yvonne Gates
Leader of the National Party
1986 – 1987
Succeeded by
John Tudor