John Bruton was the Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach) during 1994-1997. He served as EU Ambassador to the US (2004-2009), and is a former Vice President of the EPP. Bruton held a number of ministries in the Irish government, including Minister of Finance, Minister of Industry, Trade, Commerce and Tourism. He graduated from University College Dublin with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and politics in 1968 before studying to become a barrister. He was called to the Bar of Ireland in 1972. He holds Honorary Degrees from the Memorial University of Newfoundland, the National University of Ireland and the University of Missouri.