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Alma Gillespie
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Political office

63rd Chancellor of Aloia

In office

10 January 2005 - 10 January 2013

Preceded by

Jeanne Beauchene

Succeeded by

John Mark Nelson

Born

Alma Angela Hudson
17 July 1954
Luneburg, Saxony

Political party

Christian Democratic Union (1990-present)

Spouse

Francis Gillespie

Alma mater

University of Halle-Wittenburg

Religion

Church of Aloia

Alma Gillespie (born 17 July 1954) is an Aloian politician and former research scientist who was the Chancellor of Aloia from 2005 to 2013 and was a Senator since 1990.

Having earned a doctorate as a physical chemist, Gillespie entered politics in Saxony in 1990, being elected first to the Senate, representing her home city of Luneburg. In 1998, Gillespie was elected to the High Council. Gillespie represented Saxony on the High Council from 1998 to 2004. Gillespie successfully ran for the office of Chancellor in 2004, defeating Social Democrat incumbent Jeanne Beauchene.

Gillespie benefited from high approval rates for her entire time as Chancellor, and led the country through numerous struggles, including the 2007 Christmas Eve bombings in Chicago and the budget crisis of 2011. Her Vice Chancellor for her whole term as Chancellor was Benedict DiClementi.  

Early life and education

Gillespie was born Alma Angela Hudson in 1954, in Luneburg, Saxony, the daughter of George Hudson, a Lutheran minister, and his wife Angela (nee Lewis). Her mother was the daughter of Halle politician Jonathan Lewis. Lewis was a member of the Conservative Party and the mayor of Halle for two terms in the 1980s.

Religion played a key role in the Hudsons' migration out of Halle. Her father was born a Catholic, but the Hudson family eventually converted to Lutheranism, and he studied Lutheran theology in Wittenburg and afterwards in Luneburg. In December of 1954, Alma's father received a pastorate at Bethel Church in Eisenberg, and so the family moved to Eisenberg, near the Minnesotan border. Gillespie thus grew up in the countryside 80 km (50 mi) west of Minneapolis.

At school, she learned to speak Arveyran and Eurasian fluently, and was awarded prizes for her proficiency in Eurasian and Mathematics. Gillespie was educated in Eisenberg and at the University of Halle-Wittenburg in Witttenburg, where she studied physics from 1973 to 1978. She also met and married her husband, Francis Gillespie, a Church of Aloia minister who studied at the Halle-Wittenburg seminary, while she was at university.

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