06/06/2013 04:05 EDT | Updated 08/05/2013 05:12 EDT

Brent Rathgeber Quits Tories: Quick Facts About The Alberta MP

A quick look at Alberta MP Brent Rathgeber, who quit the Conservative caucus Wednesday night:

Age: 48

Personal: Born in Melville, Sask. Graduated from Melville Comprehensive School in 1982.

Education: Obtained Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of Saskatchewan. Began his legal career in Calgary, articling with Law Firm, Milner and Steer, then practiced law in Red Deer, Alta., and later in Edmonton.

Public Life: Served in the Alberta legislature for Edmonton-Calder from 2001 to 2004. He was elected to the House of Commons in the Edmonton-St. Albert riding in 2008 and was re-elected in 2011.

Committees: Served on the House of Commons Standing Committees on Justice and Human Rights and Public Safety and National Security after the 2008 election. After his re-election in 2011, he was re-appointed to both committees and also served on the House of Commons Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.

For the record: "My decision to resign from the CPC Caucus is because of the Government's lack of commitment to transparency and open government."

Quote: "In a Parliament where the government and the opposition control such a large portion of the parliamentary calendar and agenda, private members' bills, motions, are the very few mechanisms that members have to bring matters of importance from their constituents forward."

Did You Know: Rathgeber was a guest public address announcer for the Edmonton Prospect Junior Baseball Club and planned to do the play-by-play for Prospect home games.

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