Arno Doerksen

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Arno Doerksen
MLA for Strathmore-Brooks
In office
March 3, 2008 – April 23, 2012
Preceded byLyle Oberg
Succeeded byJason Hale
Personal details
Born (1958-01-25) January 25, 1958 (age 61)
Bassano, Alberta
Political partyProgressive Conservative
ChildrenBarry, Daniel, and Lorin
ResidenceGem, Alberta
Occupationrancher, farmer

Arno Doerksen (born January 25, 1958) is a Canadian politician.

Early life[edit]

Doerksen was born in the Town of Bassano, Alberta, Canada and raised in Gem. He spent more than 25 years in farming and ranching before entering politics. He is a purebred and commercial cattle producer and feedlot operator in partnership with his family. They grow alfalfa, grain and oilseed crops on irrigated land in the Eastern Irrigation District.

Political career[edit]

Doerksen won the 2008 provincial election with 75 per cent of the vote in the constituency of Strathmore-Brooks. He was a member of the Private Bills Committee, the Privileges and Elections, Standing Orders and Printing Committee, and the Standing Committee on Community Services. Doerksen chairs the Endangered Species Conservation Committee. More information about Arno Doerksen is available from his website at

Personal life[edit]

Doerksen lives with his wife Wanda in Gem, Alberta. They have three sons: Barry, Daniel and Lorin. His community involvement includes the Gem Curling Club, Gem Grazing Association, Gem Home and School Association, his local church board and Camp Evergreen.

Doerksen was chair of the Alberta Beef Producers during the BSE (mad cow disease) crisis in 2003 and 2004. He has travelled internationally as a representative of Alberta and Canada's livestock industry. Doerksen chaired the Canada Beef Export Federation from 2006 to 2008.

In 2004, Doerksen was named one of the 50 most influential Albertans in Alberta Venture. He has received a 10-year leadership award from the Canadian 4-H Council.[1]

Election results[edit]

2008 Alberta general election results ( Strathmore-Brooks ) Turnout 35.7%
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
     Progressive Conservative Arno Doerksen 7,623 74.6%
Wildrose Alliance Amanda H. Shehata 935 9.1%
Liberal Gerry Hart 991 9.7%
Green Chris Bayford 362 3.5%
     NDP Brian Stokes 313 3.1%
Total 10,224 100%
2012 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes %
Wildrose Jason Hale 8,157 55.61%
Progressive Conservative Arno Doerksen 5,737 39.11%
New Democratic Brad Bailey 409 2.79%
Liberal Alex Wychopen 297 2.02%


  1. ^ "Doerksen's Legislative Assembly of Alberta biography".