07/15/2013 10:42 EDT | Updated 09/14/2013 05:12 EDT

Facts about Chris Alexander, named citizenship and immigration minister

Chris Alexander has been named citizenship and immigration minister.

Some facts about Alexander:

Age: 44

From: Born in Toronto on Sept. 9, 1968.

Family: Married to Hedvig Alexander, has two daughters, Selma and Elisabeth.

Education: Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Politics from McGill University; Master of Arts degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from Balliol College, Oxford.

Past work: Worked for 18 years as a diplomat with postings to Russia and Kabul, Afghanistan. Served as Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan between 2005 and 2009.

Political experience: Elected as the Conservative MP for Ajax-Pickering on May 2, 2011. Appointed the parliamentary secretary to the minister of national defence on May 25, 2011.

Did you know? He wrote a book about his experiences in Afghanistan called "A Long Way Back: Afghanistan's Quest for Peace."