Hometown: Hinton, Alta.
Education: Studied local government and leadership at University of Alberta's faculty of extension and school of business.
Personal: Wife Donna. Two adult children Kelsea and Zakhary
Riding: West Yellowhead. Does not currently hold the seat.
Political Background: Elected to town council in Hinton in 2001. Elected mayor three years later, serving three terms until winning leadership of Alberta Party in May 2011. Resigned as mayor in January to work full time for Alberta Party.
Before Politics: Grew up in military family. Worked in lumber mill, as a bartender and as an occupational health instructor.
Quote: "When I was mayor of Hinton, I worked side by side with residents to improve the quality of life in the area. But ultimately, our work was disregarded, and I was chastised by the government because I didn’t play by the PC government’s rules."