Jim Horsman

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James "Jim" Deverell Horsman

Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Medicine Hat
Medicine Hat-Redcliff (1975-1979)
In office
March 25, 1975 – June 15, 1993
Preceded byWilliam Wyse
Succeeded byRob Renner
Minister of Advanced Education and Manpower
In office
March 1979 – November 1982
Preceded byBert Hohol
Succeeded byErnie Isley
Minister of Federal and Intergovernmental Affairs
In office
November 1982 – December 14, 1992
Preceded byArchibald Johnston
Succeeded byPeter Elzinga
Attorney General
In office
May 1986 – September 8, 1988
Preceded byNeil Crawford
Succeeded byKen Rostad
3rd Deputy Premier of Alberta
In office
March 1989 – December 14, 1992
Preceded byDavid Russell
Succeeded byKen Kowalski
Personal details
Born (1935-07-29) July 29, 1935 (age 84)
Camrose, Alberta[1]
Political partyProgressive Conservative

James Deverell Horsman, CM, AOE (born July 29, 1935) is a politician from Alberta, Canada. He served in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1975 to 1993 and held numerous cabinet portfolios in the Government of Alberta.

Early life[edit]

James Deverell Horsman was born in Camrose, Alberta in 1935. He grew up in Meeting Creek with his grandparents while his mother and father served overseas in World War II. His family later moved to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Horsman moved west in the 1950s to study at the University of British Columbia.[2]

At UBC, Horsman attained a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1959 and a year later attained a law degree. After University Horsman moved back east to Calgary to start practicing law, he moved to Medicine Hat a short time later after visiting family and meeting a potential law partner. After moving to Medicine Hat he met Betty Whitney, a local High School teacher. Horsman married her in 1964.[2] They have three daughters.

Political career[edit]

Horsman became involved in the Alberta Progressive Conservatives in the early 1960s. He served on the party's executive council as Vice President for Southern Alberta before running for political office.[2]

Horsman first ran for a seat to the Alberta Legislature in the 1967 general election, in the electoral district of Medicine Hat. He was defeated by Social Credit incumbent MLA Harry Leinweber.[3] He ran again in Medicine Hat-Redcliff in 1971 and lost to Social Credit candidate William Wyse.[4]

Horsman ran against Wyse again in the 1975 general election and was successful this time, defeating him by 100 votes.[5] In 1979 Medicine Hat-Redcliff was abolished due to redistribution, and Horsman ran for re-election in Medicine Hat that year. He won by nearly 8,000 votes over his nearest opponent.[6] Horsman won by another large majority in the 1982 general election.[7]

Horsman's share of the vote was cut in half in the 1986 general election, but he still won by a comfortable margin.[8] He won again handily in the 1989 general election. He retired from the Assembly at dissolution in 1993.[9]

Late life[edit]

After leaving political office, Horsman became Alberta's chief NAFTA negotiator. He later served as chancellor for the University of Lethbridge. Horsman continued to serve on numerous other boards.[2] He was appointed to the Order of Canada on April 6, 2006.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b c d "James Deverell Horsman CM, QC, LLD Alberta Order of Excellence Inductee". The Government of Alberta. 2006. Retrieved 2008-05-29.
  3. ^ "Medicine Hat election results 1967". Alberta Heritage Foundation. Archived from the original on 2011-06-12. Retrieved 2008-05-29. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ "Medicine Hat-Redcliff election results 1971". Alberta Heritage Foundation. Archived from the original on 2011-06-12. Retrieved 2008-05-29. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ "Medicine Hat-Redcliff election results 1975". Alberta Heritage Foundation. Archived from the original on 2011-06-12. Retrieved 2008-05-29. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ "Medicine Hat election results 1979". Alberta Heritage Foundation. Archived from the original on 2011-06-12. Retrieved 2008-05-29. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ "Medicine Hat election results 1982". Alberta Heritage Foundation. Archived from the original on 2011-06-12. Retrieved 2008-05-29. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  8. ^ "Medicine Hat election results 1986". Alberta Heritage Foundation. Archived from the original on 2011-06-12. Retrieved 2008-05-29. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  9. ^ "Medicine Hat election results 1989". Alberta Heritage Foundation. Archived from the original on 2011-06-12. Retrieved 2008-05-29. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  10. ^ Order of Canada citation

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