Orit Noked is an Israeli politician and former Minister in the Cabinet.
Noked (born October 25, 1952) was born in Israel and lives in Kibbutz Shefayim. After completing her army service with the rank of staff sergeant, she completed a BA degree in law, becoming an attorney by profession.
Noked served as Legal Advisor to the Kibbutz Movement (1986-1992) and as Director of the Legal Department of the Kibbutz movement (1996-2002). She also served as a member of the Jewish National Fund Directorate, the Israel Lands Authority Governing Board, the Agricultural Association Secretariat, the Directorate of the Kibbutz Movement Arbitration Institute, and the National Council for Environmental Quality.
First elected to the 15th Knesset (1999), she has served, among others, as a member of the Knesset Finance Committee, the Committee for the Advancement of the Status of Women, and the Committee for the Advancement of the Status of the Child. In the 16th Knesset she also chaired the Lobby for the Galil and the Negev and was a member of the Municipal Lobby.
In January 2005, Orit Noked was appointed Deputy Minister in Vice Premier Shimon Peres’ office. In January 2011, Noked joined four other Labor members to leave and party and establish the Independence Party. Shortly thereafter, she was appointed Minister of Agriculture. She held that position until 2013 when she lost her seat in the election.
She is married with three children.
Sources: Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs