04/22/2012 04:30 EDT | Updated 06/21/2012 05:12 EDT

Raj Sherman: Tory junior minister turned Alberta Liberal leader

A look at Raj Sherman, leader of the Alberta Liberal party:

Age: 45

Born: Sept. 1, 1966, outside Bikaner, India.

Hometown: Edmonton

Education: Medical degree from University of Alberta

Personal: Partner Sharon MacLean. Sherman has children from a previous marriage.

Riding: Edmonton-Meadowlark

Political Background: Elected to legislature in 2008 for the Progressive Conservatives and named junior health minister. Crossed the floor in 2010 after criticizing government health policy. Joined Liberals and was elected party leader in fall 2011.

Before Politics: Emergency room doctor and air ambulance physician.