Len Webber

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Len Webber
MLA for Calgary-Foothills
Incumbent
Assumed office
2004
Preceded by Pat Nelson
Personal details
Born Leonard Warren Webber[1]
(1960-11-10) November 10, 1960 (age 53)
Calgary, Alberta
Political party Progressive Conservative (2004-2014)
Independent (2014-present)
Spouse(s) Heather (deceased March 3, 2010)
Children Lauren, Jaime, Kelly
Residence Calgary, Alberta
Alma mater University of Calgary
SAIT

Leonard Warren "Len" Webber (born November 10, 1960 in Calgary, Alberta) is a Canadian politician and current Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, representing the constituency of Calgary-Foothills as an independent.

Early life[edit]

Webber was born November 10, 1960 in Calgary, Alberta. His father, Dr. Neil Webber, served as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for the constituency of Calgary-Bow from 1975 until 1989 and was also a member of cabinet. (Len) Webber graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and went on to acquire his Journeyman Communications Electrician certificate from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT). He then pursued work as an apprentice electrician and managed his own contracting company for 10 years. Prior to seeking office, Webber served as vice president and director of the Webber Academy, a private, non-profit university preparatory school in southwest Calgary for above-average and gifted children from junior kindergarten to grade 12 founded by his father, Neil Webber.

Political career[edit]

Len Webber first sought public office in the 2004 provincial election in the constituency of Calgary-Foothills. In that election, he received 57% of the vote. In addition to his responsibilities as MLA during his first term, Webber held the position of Deputy Government Whip and was chair of the Advisory Committee on Climate Change, the MLA Review Committee of Private Investigators and Security Guards Act, the Healthy Aging and Continuing Care in Alberta Committee, and the MLA Task Force on Affordable Housing and Homelessness in Alberta. He also acted as co-chair of the MLA Task Force on Continuing Care Health Service and Accommodation Standards Committee and served as a member of numerous other committees and boards.

In the 2008 provincial election, Webber was reelected as MLA for Calgary-Foothills with 48% of the vote. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Calgary Stampede, the Calgary Homeless Foundation, and WorldSkills Calgary 2009.[2] Webber was reelected in 2012, and in March 2014 left the Progressive Conservative caucus to sit as an independent in protest against the leadership of Alison Redford.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Len Webber and his late wife Heather have three teenaged daughters: Lauren, Jaime, and Kelly. An avid volunteer, Webber has been involved with many community groups including Hospice Calgary, the MS Society, the Calgary Foundation, and the Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission (AADAC). He is also a dedicated advocate for events surrounding breast cancer awareness and research. Webber is a recipient of the Alberta Centennial medal for his many philanthropic contributions.[2]

Election results[edit]

2008 Alberta general election results ( Calgary-Foothills ) Turnout 38.1%
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
     Progressive Conservative Len Webber 6,088 48%
     Liberal Mike Robinson 4,909 39%
     Wildrose Alliance Kevin Legare 972 8%
Greens Ian D. Groll 411 3%
     NDP Stephanie Sundberg 251 2%
2004 Alberta general election results ( Calgary-Foothills ) Turnout 37.0%
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
     Progressive Conservative Len Webber 5,819 56.8%
     Liberal Stephen Jenuth 3,561 34.7%
     Alberta Alliance Vincent S. Jansen-Van Doorn 472 4.6%
     NDP Malcolm Forster 398 3.9%

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b "Webber's Legislative Assembly of Alberta biography". 
  3. ^ Wood, James (March 12, 2014). "MLA won’t remain a Tory ‘with her as leader of the party’". Calgary Herald. Retrieved March 13, 2014. 

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