09/19/2011 12:01 EDT | Updated 11/19/2011 05:12 EST

A QuickSketch of Kathy Dunderdale, premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

A sketch of Kathy Dunderdale, leader of Newfoundland and Labrador's Progressive Conservative party:

Age: 59

Education: Attended Memorial University.

Early career: Worked in community development, communications, fisheries and social work before entering politics.

Political career: She was a town councillor and later deputy mayor of Burin before she was first elected to the legislature for the St. John's area riding of Virginia Waters in 2003. She was sworn in as premier on Dec. 3, 2010. Served as minister of innovation, trade, rural development, natural resources and deputy premier in the government of Danny Williams.

Personal: Married to Peter Dunderdale and they have raised two children, a son and daughter.

Quote: "I think that what we have to say will resonate with voters again, and that together we're going to build a wonderful future for this place." — Dunderdale after the election call as the Tories try for their third straight majority government.