Richard Swenson

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Richard Swenson
Progressive Conservative Party of Saskatchewan Leader
Assumed office
Preceded by Iris Dennis
Leader of the Opposition
In office
Preceded by Grant Devine
Succeeded by Bill Boyd
MLA for Thunder Creek
In office
Preceded by Colin Thatcher
Succeeded by Gerard Aldridge
Personal details
Born (1952-04-12) April 12, 1952 (age 62)
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan[1]
Political party Progressive Conservative

Richard James "Rick" Swenson (born April 12, 1952) is a provincial level politician from Saskatchewan, Canada. He was a member of the Saskatchewan Legislature from 1985 to 1995,[1] and is still active in provincial politics as the leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Saskatchewan since 2006.

He was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, the son of Donald Swenson, and grew up in the Baildon district. Swenson was educated at the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina. In 1976, he established Wheaton Bee Farms, specializing in alfalfa seed and dryland grass production. Solomon also helped form the Baildon/Moose Jaw Effluent Irrigation Project.[1]

Swenson was elected to the Legislature in a by-election held in the Thunder Creek electoral district on March 27, 1985. He was elected to replace former MLA Colin Thatcher who was convicted of murdering his wife. In that by-election he won a hotly contested three way race defeating three other candidates with a plurality of 900 votes.

Swenson was re-elected just a little over a year later in the 1986 general election. He won that election by a much wider margin facing two of the three candidates that ran in the by-election. Swenson won his third term in the 1991 general election narrowly being returned to his seat. He served in the provincial cabinet as Minister of Energy and Mines and as Minister of Indian and Métis Affairs. Swenson served as interim leader of the Progressive Conservatives from October 8, 1992 to November 24, 1994.

Swenson did not seek re-election in the 1995 election.[1] In 1997, Swenson along with most members of the PC Party joined the Saskatchewan Party while the scandal-ridden PC's essentially went dormant under the nominal leadership of Iris Dennis. Swenson sought the Saskatchewan Party nomination in Thunder Creek for the 1999 election, but was defeated by Lyle Stewart.

Swenson returned to provincial politics in 2006, replacing Dennis as leader of the Progressive Conservative Party. Swenson subsequently announced plans to re-activate his old party. However, Swenson was only able to attract four other candidates besides himself to run in the 2007 general election. Swenson ran as the Progressive Conservative candidate in the Thunder Creek constituency, placing a distant fourth out of five candidates. In the 2011 general election, the PC's again ran five candidates in total, with Swenson running this time in nearby Moose Jaw North and placing a distant third out of four candidates.

Electoral record[edit]

Saskatchewan general election, 2011: Moose Jaw North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Saskatchewan Warren Michelson 4,474 59.09% -
     NDP Derek Hassen 2,726 36.01% -
     Prog. Conservative Richard Swenson 273 3.61% -
Green Corinne Johnson 98 1.29% -
Total 7,571 100.00

Saskatchewan general election, 2007: Thunder Creek
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Saskatchewan Lyle Stewart 5,558 64.45% +10.92
     NDP Larry Hall 1,997 23.16% -7.65
     Liberal Rod Haugerud 590 6.84% -6.84
     Prog. Conservative Richard Swenson 295 3.42% -
Green Russ Rudd 184 2.13% -
Total 8,624 100.00%

Saskatchewan general election, 1991: Thunder Creek
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
     Progressive Conservative Richard Swenson 2,929 42.61% -10.91
     NDP Ron Bishoff 2,240 32.59% +6.15
     Liberal Bill Johnstone 1,639 23.84% +4.34
     Independent Dwayne McBride 66 0.96% -
Total 6,874 100.00%

Saskatchewan general election, 1986: Thunder Creek
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
     Progressive Conservative Richard Swenson 3,773 53.52% +11.03
     NDP Betty Payne 1,864 26.44% -1.09
     Liberal Bill Johnstone 1,375 19.50% -7.60
     Western Canada Concept Robert Gleim 38 0.54% -2.34
Total 7,050 100.00%

March 27, 1985 by-election: Thunder Creek
resignation of Colin Thatcher
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
     Progressive Conservative Richard Swenson 2,670 42.49% -
     NDP Betty Payne 1,730 27.53% -
     Liberal Bill Johnstone 1,703 27.10% -
     Western Canada Concept Henry Banman 181 2.88% -
Total 6,284 100.00%


  1. ^ a b c d "Swenson, Richard James, 1952-". Saskatchewan Archival Information Network. Retrieved 2012-09-05. 

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