Gerard Amerongen

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Gerard Amerongen
Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
In office
1972–1986
Preceded by Arthur J. Dixon
Succeeded by David J. Carter
Personal details
Born (1914-07-18)July 18, 1914
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Died April 21, 2013(2013-04-21) (aged 98)
Edmonton, Alberta
Political party Progressive Conservative
Residence Edmonton, Alberta
Alma mater University of Alberta
Profession lawyer

Gerard "Gerry" Joseph Taets von Amerongen[1] (July 18, 1914 – April 21, 2013) was a politician and lawyer from Alberta, Canada.

He was born in 1914 in Winnipeg,[1] but grew up in Edmonton and graduated from law from the University of Alberta.[2] Amerongen first ran for Member of the Legislative Assembly in the 1955 Alberta provincial election for the Conservative Party in the Edmonton district. He ended up finishing 18th on the first ballot and was eliminated in transfers.

He ran in the next three provincial general elections in various districts getting defeated each time. He was first elected in the 1971 Alberta provincial election for Edmonton Meadowlark. He became the first speaker for the Progressive Conservatives and held that role and Edmonton Meadowlark until 1986 when he was defeated by future Canadian Senator Grant Mitchell.

Amerongen was the second sitting speaker to be defeated in Alberta but the first sitting speaker to be defeated while his party retained a majority government.

He operated his own law firm in Edmonton until 2007. He died surrounded by his family in Edmonton in 2013, aged 98.[3]

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Bibliography[edit]

  • Perry, Sandra E.; Footz, Valerie L. (2006). A Higher Duty : Speakers of the Legislative Assemblies of the North-West Territories and Alberta, 1888-2005. Edmonton, Alberta: Legislative Assembly of Alberta. ISBN 0-9689217-3-6. 

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Legislative Assembly of Alberta
Preceded by
New District
MLA Edmonton Meadowlark
1971-1986
Succeeded by
Grant Mitchell
Preceded by
Arthur J. Dixon
Speaker of the Alberta Legislative Assembly
1972-1986
Succeeded by
David J. Carter