Ramon, Haim (1950–)
RAMON, HAIM (1950–)
Israeli politician, born in Jaffa. Haim Ramon was active in the Labor Party's Young Guard. A lawyer, he was elected to the Knesset in 1983, where he served on various committees, including law and justice, finance, and the house committee. He was chairman of the Labor faction of the Knesset from 1988 to 1992. Ramon was appointed minister of health in 1992 and served in that post until 1994. In July 1995 he was elected chairman of the Histradut; he left that position in November 1995, when he was appointed minister of the interior, a post he held until June 1996. From 1996 to 1999 he served as a member of the Knesset foreign affairs and defense committee. In July 1999 he was appointed minister without portfolio, with responsibility for Jerusalem, government reform, and liaison between the prime minister's office and the Knesset. He served as minister of the interior from August 2000 to March 2001.