Don Tannas

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Don Tannas
MLA for Highwood
In office
March 20, 1989 – November 22, 2004
Preceded byHarry Alger
Succeeded byGeorge Groeneveld
Personal details
Born (1938-04-25) April 25, 1938 (age 81)
Marwayne, Alberta
Political partyProgressive Conservative
Children[[Scott Tannas] [Bruce Tannas]]

Donald Alfred Tannas (born April 25, 1938) is a former provincial politician from Alberta, Canada. He served as a Member of the Alberta Legislature from 1989 until 2004. He was born in Marwayne, Alberta.[1]

Political history[edit]

Tannas has a long history of being politically active. He ran for the Progressive Conservative nomination for Highwood in 1974 but lost to George Wolstenholme. He worked on the campaigns for Wolstenholme and later Harry Alger. He worked to fund-raise for the party and later served as President of the Highwood PC Association. After Alger announced his retirement, he ran for the PC nomination again in 1989 and won.[2]

Tannas was first elected to the Alberta Legislature in the 1989 Alberta general election. He won a comfortable majority holding the Highwood electoral district for the Progressive Conservatives over Don Dearle of the Liberals and Janice Belgum of the New Democrats. He won his second term with a landslide majority in the 1993 Alberta general election defeating three other candidates. Tannas improved his plurality to sweep into office for a third term in the 1997 Alberta general election.[3] Tannas won the biggest plurality of his political career taking almost 80% of the vote in the 2001 Alberta general election.[4] He served as Deputy Speaker in his fourth term. He retired at the dissolution of the Assembly in 2004.[2]

His son Scott Tannas is currently an elected Senator for the province of Alberta.


  1. ^ Lumley, E. (1998). The Canadian Who's who. University of Toronto Press. ISSN 0068-9963. Retrieved 2014-11-18.
  2. ^ a b John Barlow (February 25, 2004). "Highwood - Tannas not to run again". Western Wheel. Archived from the original on November 14, 2006. Retrieved 2008-03-19.
  3. ^ "Highwood Official Results 1971-1997". Alberta Heritage. Archived from the original on 2011-06-12. Retrieved 2008-03-19.
  4. ^ "Highwood Official Results 2001". Alberta Heritage. Archived from the original on 2011-06-12. Retrieved 2008-03-19.

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Legislative Assembly of Alberta
Preceded by
Harry Alger
MLA Highwood
Succeeded by
George Groeneveld