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Tory Leader Alison Redford: relatively new to the game of elected politics

03/26/2012 12:05 EDT | Updated 05/26/2012 05:12 EDT
A look at Alison Redford, leader of the Alberta Progressive Conservatives:

Age: 47

Born: March 7, 1965, in Kitimat, B.C.

Hometown: Calgary

Education: Law degree from University of Saskatchewan

Personal: Husband Glen Jermyn. Daughter Sarah.

Before Politics: Worked in offices of former federal Conservative external affairs minister Joe Clark and prime minister Brian Mulroney. Travelled globe instituting democratic reforms in hot spots such as Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa.

Riding: Calgary-Elbow

Political Background: First elected in 2008. Served as justice minister before successfully winning party leadership to replace Ed Stelmach in fall 2011.

Quote: "(My goal) was always trying to tie people together with the decisions that government was going to make about their lives, to try and connect the two and make them relevant."