Rich Coleman

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The Honourable
Rich Coleman
MLA
Deputy Premier of British Columbia
Incumbent
Assumed office
September 5, 2012
Premier Christy Clark
Preceded by Kevin Falcon
Minister of Energy and Mines
Incumbent
Assumed office
March 14, 2011
Premier Christy Clark
Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General of British Columbia
In office
June 5, 2001 – June 16, 2005
Premier Gordon Campbell
Preceded by Ivan Charles Messmer
Succeeded by John Les
In office
April 27, 2009 – June 10, 2009
Premier Gordon Campbell
Preceded by Jon van Dongen
Succeeded by Kash Heed
In office
October 25, 2010 – March 14, 2011
Premier Gordon Campbell
Preceded by Michael de Jong
Succeeded by Shirley Bond
Minister of Housing and Social Development of British Columbia
In office
June 23, 2008 – October 25, 2010
Premier Gordon Campbell
Succeeded by Kevin Krueger
Minister of Forests and Range of British Columbia
In office
June 16, 2005 – June 23, 2008
Premier Gordon Campbell
Preceded by Michael de Jong
Succeeded by Pat Bell
MLA for Fort Langley-Aldergrove
Incumbent
Assumed office
2009
Preceded by Gary Farrell-Collins
Personal details
Political party BC Liberal

Rich Coleman is British Columbia's Deputy Premier, Minister of Energy and Mines, minister responsible for Housing and MLA for the riding of Fort Langley-Aldergrove. He was first elected in 1996 and was re-elected in 2001, 2005, 2009 and 2013.

Coleman currently serves as Vice Chair of the Cabinet Priorities and Planning Committee and is a member of the Cabinet Committees on Jobs and Economic Growth and Environment and Land Use. Coleman is also Government House Leader.

He previously served as Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Minister of Forests and Range, Minister Responsible for Housing, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General and Minister of Housing and Social Development.

From 1996 to 2001, Coleman served in a variety of Official Opposition roles, including housing critic, forests deputy critic, and caucus whip. He also sat on the Official Opposition Caucus Committee on Crime.

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, Coleman ran a real estate management and consulting company. He is also a former member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and a security specialist.

Coleman graduated from Penticton Secondary School in 1971.[1]

On December 1, 2010, Coleman announced to the media he had decided not to enter the provincial Liberal leadership race to replace retiring BC Premier Gordon Campbell. Coleman indicated he had planned to announce his run on Thursday, had MLA support and campaign funds, but decided not to pursue the post due to family reasons.[2]

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