junior minister

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junior minister (plural junior ministers)

  1. (politics) a member of a legislative body who holds a position in government below cabinet level, i.e. reporting to the head of a department, not the prime minister or head of government
    • 2011 December 14, Angelique Chrisafis, “Rachida Dati accuses French PM of sexism and elitism”, in Guardian[1]:
      The junior minister Nadine Morano, who recently said Dati had been served a political career "on a golden platter", suggested she go back to her roots and run in rural Burgundy, where she grew up in a poor family of 11 children.