The Honourable Rob Nicholson P.C., Q.C., M.P.

Rob Nicholson was first elected to Parliament in 1984 and re-elected in 1988, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2015.

During his first term in Parliament, Mr. Nicholson served as Minister for Science and Minister responsible for Small Business. He also served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.

Following the 2006 federal election, Mr. Nicholson was appointed Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform.  From 2007 to 2013, Mr. Nicholson served as Canada’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General, and was then appointed Minister of Defence.  In February 2015, Mr. Nicholson was appointed to serve as Minister of Foreign Affairs. Currently, Mr. Nicholson is the Shadow Minister for Public Services and Procurement.

Prior to entering federal politics, Mr. Nicholson was a practicing lawyer and was elected to the Niagara Regional Council in 1997, 2000 and 2003.  Mr. Nicholson holds a law degree from the University of Windsor, and he is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Mr. Nicholson is married to Arlene and is the father of three children.