Age: 46 (Nov. 1, 1967)
Personal: Born in Fort Erie, Ont., to Patrick "Pat" Hudak, a Catholic high school principal, and his wife Anne Marie, a teacher and town councillor. His younger sister, Patricia, is also a teacher. He's been married since 2002 to Deb Hutton, former senior adviser to Tory premier Mike Harris. They have two daughters: Miller Olive Hudak, 6, and Maitland Hutton Hudak, 6 weeks. The family divides their time between Toronto and Wellandport.
Education: Hudak has a bachelor of economics from the University of Western Ontario (1990) and a Masters of Arts in Economics from the University of Washington (1993).
Early career: Worked as a border inspector, teaching assistant, assistant manager at Walmart and manager of the Fort Erie Festivals before catching the political bug.
Politics: First elected to the legislature in the Conservative sweep of 1995, representing the now-defunct riding of Niagara South. Served in cabinet as minister of northern development and mines, then culture, tourism and recreation and finally consumer and business services. Currently represents riding of Niagara West-Glanbrook. Elected party leader in June 2009.
Quote: "I may not be the best actor on the stage and I may not be getting an Oscar. I'm not interested in trying to win votes by promising things that we can't afford or we have no intention of delivering upon."