Early years: Born in Stanhope, P.E.I. By the age of 10 MacLauchlan had a newspaper route, selling more than 200 newspapers per day. His father was a strong Liberal party supporter.
Education: MacLauchlan earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree at the University of Prince Edward Island, a Bachelor of Law degree at the University of New Brunswick and a Masters of Law degree at Yale University.
Career: MacLauchlan was a law professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax, then dean of the law school at the University of New Brunswick. He served as president of the University of Prince Edward Island from 1999 to 2011. He became leader of the province's Liberal party on Feb. 21.
Family: Partner is Duncan McIntosh, artistic director of the Watermark Theatre in Rustico, P.E.I.
Quote: "Prosperity starts with growing our economy," MacLauchlan said after winning the Liberal leadership. "We can and must do better. We have the goods and the services, and the culture and the work ethic to back it up."