Joe Preston (politician)

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Joe Preston
Mayor of St. Thomas
Assuming office
December 1, 2018
SucceedingHeather Jackson
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Elgin—Middlesex—London
In office
June 28, 2004 – October 19, 2015
Preceded byGar Knutson
Succeeded byKaren Vecchio
Chair of the Standing Committee on
Procedure & House Affairs
In office
March 6, 2007 – August 2, 2015
MinisterPeter Van Loan
Jay Hill
John Baird
Peter Van Loan
Preceded byGary Goodyear
Succeeded byLarry Bagnell
Personal details
Born (1955-06-14) June 14, 1955 (age 63)
Chatham, Ontario, Canada
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Geri Preston
ResidenceSt. Thomas, Ontario, Canada

Joseph "Joe" Preston (born June 14, 1955) is a Canadian politician, currently the mayor-elect of St. Thomas, Ontario. He was previously a Member of Parliament, representing Elgin—Middlesex—London riding from 2004 to 2015 as a member of a Conservative Party of Canada.[1]

He defeated Liberal incumbent Gar Knutson in the 2004 federal election. He was re-elected in the 2006, 2008 and 2011 federal elections. He did not re-offer in 2015 and retired from parliament.

On July 10, 2018, Preston announced that he was running for mayor of St. Thomas in the 2018 Ontario municipal election.[2]

Prior to being an MP, he was an entrepreneur in St. Thomas, and was active in local politics.


  1. ^ Bejermi, John Zeyad (2008-01-01). Canadian parliamentary handbook. Borealis Press. p. 345. Retrieved 6 July 2011.
  2. ^ Peacock, Devon (July 10, 2018). "Former Conservative MP Joe Preston to run for mayor of St. Thomas". Global News. Retrieved August 5, 2018.

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