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|Minister of Social Development and Economic Security of British Columbia|
November 1, 2000 – June 5, 2001
|Preceded by||Jan Pullinger|
|Succeeded by||position abolished|
|Minister of Health & Minister Responsible for Seniors of British Columbia|
February 29, 2000 – November 1, 2000
|Preceded by||Penny Priddy|
|Succeeded by||Corky Evans|
|Minister of Employment and Investment & Minister Responsible for Housing of British Columbia|
February 18, 1998 – February 24, 2000
|Preceded by||Dan Miller|
|Succeeded by||Gordon Wilson|
|Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing of British Columbia|
January 6, 1997 – February 18, 1998
|Preceded by||Dan Miller|
|Succeeded by||Jenny Kwan|
|MLA for Port Coquitlam|
|Preceded by||Karn Manhas|
|MLA for Port Coquitlam-Burke Mountain|
|Succeeded by||Karn Manhas|
|Residence||Port Coquitlam, British Columbia|
Farnworth was originally elected in 1991, after serving three terms on Port Coquitlam's city council. He was re-elected in 1996, but lost in the party's province-wide wipeout of 2001. Between 1997 and 2001, He served as Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing (1997–98), Minister of Employment and Investment and Minister Responsible for Housing (1998–2000), Minister of Health and Minister Responsible for Seniors (2000), and Minister Social Development and Economic Security (2000–01).
In 2005 B.C. general election, Farnworth was the NDP candidate in the riding of Port Coquitlam-Burke Mountain. He won the riding with 11,844 votes (48.14% of valid votes). In 2009, Farnworth was re-elected to his fourth term with 54.64% of valid votes. Farnworth won again in the 2013 B.C. general election.
Farnworth is currently the MLA for Port Coquitlam and the NDP Critic for Finance. He previously served as Health Critic, Economic Development Critic, Critic for Public Safety and Solicitor General Official and Opposition House Leader. Prior to entering elected office, Farnworth worked at CP Rail and Mt. Isa Mining.
Farnworth has publicly acknowledged that he is gay. He has had a relationship with his partner, Doug, for over 20 years.
- "MLA: Mike Farnworth". Member Biography. Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. Retrieved 2010-05-11.
- Farnworth jumps into the ring. CKNW, January 13, 2011.
- NDP Leadership hopeful comes out of the closet as he announces his candidacy. CTV News, January 13, 2011.
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