Rich Coleman was appointed Minister of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas (Minister Responsible for Housing) on March 14, 2011. He was initially appointed Minister of Housing and Social Development on June 23, 2008 and re-appointed on June 10, 2009. He has served as Minister responsible for Housing since 2005. He previously served as Minister of Forests and Range, and Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General.
Mr. Coleman was first elected in 1996 to represent the riding of
Fort Langley-Aldergrove and was re-elected in 2001, 2005 and 2009.
From 1996-2001, Mr. Coleman served in a variety of Official
Opposition roles, including housing critic, forests deputy critic,
and caucus whip. He also sat on the Select Standing Committee on
Forests, Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, and on the Official
Opposition Caucus Committee on Crime.
Mr. Coleman has served as governor of the B.C. Kinsmen, president
of the Aldergrove Chamber of Commerce, and as a director on several
volunteer boards. He was awarded Rotary's highest honour, the Paul
Harris Fellowship, and received a Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in
2003. He has also received the Canada 125 Medal for community
service and was chosen Langley 's Volunteer of the Year in 1988.
Before his election to the Legislative Assembly, Mr. Coleman ran a
real estate management and consulting company. He is also a former
member of the RCMP and a security specialist.
Rich Coleman and his wife, Michele, live in Aldergrove and have two
adult children. Michele is the former manager of the North Langley
Chamber of Commerce. Rich's hobbies include golfing and watching
sports such as hockey and football.
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