Born: Oct. 12, 1953, in Calgary
Education: Studied political science at University of Alberta
Personal: Wife Karin. Two sons Peter and Alex
October 28, 2011 Riding: Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood
Political Background: Edmonton city councillor for 11 years prior to winning a 2001 byelection. Elected party leader in 2004.
Before Politics: Drove Edmonton transit bus for eight years during the 1980s after schooling at University of Alberta.
Quote: "The debate in the legislature is largely a formality. The opposition stands up and makes its arguments and the government ignores it by and large. We're talking past the government to the people — and they can make the government pay attention."