Lal Thanhawla (born 19 May 1942) is an Indian politician who has been the Chief Minister of Mizoram since 11 December 2008. Previously he was Chief Minister from 1984 to 1986 and from 1989 to 1998. He was elected to another term in the 2013 Mizoram Legislative Assembly election. This was the fifth time he was elected to the office of Chief Minister, which is a record in Mizoram. He belongs to the Indian National Congress. His electoral constituencies are Serchhip and Hrangturzo. He successfully contested in the general elections nine times, in 1978, 1979, 1984, 1987, 1993, 2003, 2008, and 2013.