|MLA for Cypress-Medicine Hat|
November 22, 2004 – 2012
|Preceded by||Lorne Taylor|
|Succeeded by||Drew Barnes|
|Political party||Progressive Conservative|
Mitzel was born in St. Michael's Hospital in Lethbridge and spent his early years in a farming environment near the now ghost town of Hoping, Alberta southeast of Foremost, Alberta. After graduating from high school, he took a job as a surveyor for Alberta Transportation where he worked for seven years. During that time, Mitzel rose through the ranks to become responsible for two crews, which were focused on the preliminary design and construction of major highways in southern Alberta. He then enrolled at the University of Lethbridge as a second-year, pre-engineering student. When his father died in 1977, Mitzel returned to Foremost to run the family farm.
Mitzel was elected to a second term representing the constituency of Cypress-Medicine Hat in the 2008 provincial election, where he received 63 per cent of the vote. He currently serves as Deputy Chair of Committees. Mitzel chairs the Legislative Offices Committee and sits on the Select Special Ethics Commissioner Search Committee.
He continues to advocate for a 24-hour Montana-Alberta border crossing at Wild Horse and the development of an alternative north-south transportation corridor along the east side of Alberta and supports the Canadian Centre for Unmanned Vehicle Systems at Defence R&D Canada at Suffield. In addition, Mitzel is the chair of the Montana-Alberta Bilateral Advisory Council, Alberta chair for the Pacific Northwest Economic Region and the Alberta representative on the Canadian/American Border Trade Alliance.
First elected in 2004, Mitzel received 55 per cent of the vote in his constituency. Since being elected, he has served on numerous committees, including the chairing of the Alberta Rail Crossing Study and the Health Facilities Review Committee, and co-chairing the Ambulance Governance Review Council.
Prior to entering provincial politics, Mitzel was a councillor in the County of Forty Mile No. 8 for 15 years and the Reeve for the last 12 years on the council. Concurrently, he sat on the board of the Palliser Health Region for six years, serving as chair for four of those years.
Mitzel lives with his wife, June Cole Mitzel, in Etzikom, Alberta. They are founding members and volunteer curators for the Etzikom Museum and the Canadian National Historic Windmill Centre [www.facebook.com/etzikommuseum]. In these endeavours, Mitzel was awarded the Lyle Flynn Award for Tourism Promotion for South East Alberta and a TIALTA Small Attractions Award. June Cole Mitzel's first husband, Gordon Cole, has been missing since May 23, 1981 after a hunting accident in which he was lost crossing a river.www.albertamissingpersons.ca
He has received a number of awards honouring his involvement in his community, including a 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal in 1992, Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 and an Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005. The South East Alberta Water Task Force was awarded an Emerald Award during Mitzel's tenure as chair, for its work reclaiming abandoned water wells.
Mitzel is a father of two and grandfather of 4. He enjoys music, theatre, hunting, trail riding and golf.
|2008 Alberta general election results ( Cypress-Medicine Hat )||Turnout 35.5%|
|Progressive Conservative||Len Mitzel||5,640||63%|
|Wildrose Alliance||Dan H. Pierson||679||8%|
|Liberal||Richard (Dick) Mastel||2,022||23%|
|2004 Alberta general election results ( Cypress-Medicine Hat )||Turnout 38.4%|
|Progressive Conservative||Len Mitzel||4,628||55%|
|Alberta Alliance||Dan H. Pierson||652||8%|
|Social Credit||Eric Solberg||562||7%|
|Legislative Assembly of Alberta|
|MLA Cypress-Medicine Hat