Rich Coleman

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Rich Coleman

Leader of Opposition in British Columbia
In office
August 4, 2017 – February 3, 2018
PremierJohn Horgan
Preceded byChristy Clark
Succeeded byAndrew Wilkinson
13th Deputy Premier of British Columbia
In office
September 5, 2012 – July 18, 2017
PremierChristy Clark
Preceded byKevin Falcon
Succeeded byCarole James
Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General of British Columbia
In office
June 5, 2001 – June 16, 2005
PremierGordon Campbell
Preceded byIvan Messmer
Succeeded byJohn Les
In office
April 27, 2009 – June 10, 2009
PremierGordon Campbell
Preceded byJohn van Dongen
Succeeded byKash Heed
In office
October 25, 2010 – March 14, 2011
PremierGordon Campbell
Preceded byMichael de Jong
Succeeded byShirley Bond
Minister of Housing and Social Development of British Columbia
In office
June 23, 2008 – October 25, 2010
PremierGordon Campbell
Succeeded byKevin Krueger
Minister of Forests and Range of British Columbia
In office
June 16, 2005 – June 23, 2008
PremierGordon Campbell
Preceded byMichael de Jong
Succeeded byPat Bell
Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly
for Langley East
Fort Langley-Aldergrove (1996-2017)
Assumed office
May 28, 1996
Preceded byGary Farrell-Collins
Personal details
Bornc. 1956 (age 62–63)[1]
Political partyBC Liberal

Rich Coleman (born c. 1956) is a politician and former police officer who serves as a Member of the Legislative Assembly in British Columbia. He was first elected in 1996 and re-elected in 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2017. Coleman currently represents the riding of Langley East.

Early life[edit]

Coleman was born in Nelson before the family moved to Penticton[2] in 1957[3] where he graduated from Penticton Secondary School in 1971.[4] His father was a civil servant and his mother Rosa Coleman was a school English teacher.[5][6] He has five siblings[7] and is married to Michele Coleman.[8]

Before entering politics Coleman was member of the RCMP and ran a real estate management business.[9]

Cabinet and leadership positions[edit]

Coleman was the interim leader of the British Columbia Liberal Party and Leader of the Opposition in the British Columbia Legislative Assembly, from August 4, 2017 to February 3, 2018.[10]

From 2012 to 2017 he was Deputy Premier and served variously as Minister of Natural Gas Development, Minister Responsible for Housing.

Coleman served as Chair of the Cabinet Working Group on Mental Health, Vice Chair of the Cabinet Priorities and Planning Committee and was a member of the Cabinet Committees on Jobs and Economic Growth and Environment and Land Use. Coleman was also Government House Leader. He previously served as Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Minister of Forests and Range, Minister Responsible for Housing, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General and Minister of Housing and Social Development. From 1996 to 2001, Coleman served as opposition housing critic, forests deputy critic, and caucus whip, and was a member of the Official Opposition Caucus Committee on Crime.

On December 1, 2010, Coleman announced to the media he had decided not to enter the provincial Liberal leadership race to replace retiring BC Premier Gordon Campbell. Coleman indicated he had planned to announce his run on Thursday, had MLA support and campaign funds, but decided not to pursue the post due to family reasons.[11] He was considered a frontrunner to replace Gordon Campbell.[12]

Coleman is considered one of the best fundraisers and organizers for the BC Liberals.[13]


Coleman received the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003.[14]

He was awarded the Canada 125 Medal for community service.[15]

Coleman was the 1988 Langley, British Columbia Volunteer of the Year[16][17]

Coleman was awarded Rotary’s top honour the Paul Harris Fellowship[18][19]

Coleman was the second person ever awarded Kin Canada (Kinsmen)'s highest honour, the Hal Rogers Fellowship, after Kin founder Harold A. Rogers.[20]

See also[edit]

Electoral record[edit]

British Columbia general election, 2017: Langley East
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Rich Coleman 15,007 54.02
New Democratic Inder Johal 7,817 28.14
Green Bill Masse 4,494 16.18
Libertarian Alex Joehl 465 1.67
Total valid votes 27,783 100.00
Source: Elections BC[21]
British Columbia general election, 2013: Fort Langley-Aldergrove
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Rich Coleman 15,989 55.10 –5.99
New Democratic Shane Dyson 7,511 25.89 –4.34
Conservative Rick Manuel 2,615 9.01
Green Lisa David 2,229 7.68 +0.56
Independent Kevin Mitchell 672 2.32
Total valid votes 29,016 100.00
Total rejected ballots 136 0.47
Turnout 29,152 60.53
Source: Elections BC[22]


  1. ^ 'For me, it's zero tolerance': Back in his days as a Mountie, Solicitor-General Rich Coleman saw his share of carnage on the roads -- and it makes him all the more determined to stamp out street racing and save lives. He's already come down hard on B.C.'s high- horsepower hotheads, and even tougher laws are on the way: [Final Edition] Smyth, Michael. The Province [Vancouver, B.C] 02 June 2002: A14.
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  4. ^ School District 67 Archived 2009-02-21 at the Wayback Machine
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  11. ^ Coleman had support, not "heart" for race. South Delta Retrieved Dec 1,2010
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  21. ^ "2017 Provincial General Election Preliminary Voting Results". Elections BC. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  22. ^ "Statement of Votes - 40th Provincial General Election" (PDF). Elections BC. Retrieved 17 May 2017.

External links[edit]

British Columbia Provincial Government of Christy Clark
Cabinet posts (3)
Predecessor Office Successor
Kevin Falcon Deputy Premier of British Columbia
September 5, 2012–July 18, 2017
Carole James
Ministry Created Minister of Natural Gas Development
June 7, 2013–June 12, 2017
Ellis Ross
Steve Thomson Minister of Energy and Mines
March 14, 2011–June 7, 2013
Bill Bennett