Age: 61 (Born May 21, 1953.)
Education: Studied at Queen's University, the University of Toronto, and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. She also completed mediation training at Harvard University.
Professional career: President of the Toronto Institute of Human Relations. Elected public school trustee in Toronto in 2000.
Political career: First elected as MPP for Don Valley West in October 2003; minister of education from 2006 to 2010; minister of transportation from 2010 to 2011; minister of municipal affairs and housing and minister of aboriginal affairs 2011; premier and minister of agriculture and food on Feb. 11, 2013.
Personal: Lives with her partner Jane Rounthwaite. Has three adult children from a previous marriage: Chris, Jessie and Maggie, and three grandchildren, Olivia, Claire and Hugh.
Quote: "If there's anything that's difficult about political life, it's that I don't have the opportunity to spend as much time with them. There's lots of life outside of politics, but you know, politics touches every part of that life as well."