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