07/15/2013 01:10 EDT | Updated 09/14/2013 05:12 EDT

Facts about Pierre Poilievre, named minister of state for democratic reform

Pierre Poilievre has been named minister of state for democratic reform. Some facts:

Age: 34.

From: Born in Calgary on June 3, 1979.

Education: Holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Calgary.

Past work: He has worked as businessman, communication consultant and policy analyst.

Political experience: First elected as the Conservative MP for the Ottawa riding of Nepean-Carleton on June 28, 2004. Re-elected in 2006, 2008 and 2011. Has served as parliamentary secretary to the president of the Treasury Board, parliamentary secretary to the prime minister and to the minister of intergovernmental affairs, and most recently as parliamentary secretary to the transport minister.

Quote: "The root cause of terrorism is terrorists." — Poilievre on CBC, responding to Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau's comments after the Boston bombings.