May 7, 2014 2:52 pm

Who is Ken Hughes?

Ken Hughes speaks with media in Calgary on Monday, March 24, 2014.

Global News

UPDATE: On Monday, May 12, Ken Hughes announced he would no longer be running to be Alberta’s PC party leader.

Instead, he said he would be endorsing Jim Prentice, who has not officially announced his candidacy.

Ken Hughes formally announced he will be running for Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership on April 11, 2014.

Here’s a look at his background:

  • First elected as the PC MLA for Calgary-West in the 2012 election
  • Served as Energy Minister until being named Municipal Affairs Minister in December 2013 cabinet shuffle.
  • From 2008 to 2011 Hughes was the founding chair of Alberta Health Services.
  • Served as the Chair of the Headwaters Health Authority from 1994 to 1995.
  • Elected to Parliament in 1988 as a PC MP in the rural riding of Mcleod.  Was defeated by Reform Party candidate Grant Hill in the 1993 election.
  • Founded Alpine Insurance and Financial with his wife in 2001.  The insurance company now has locations in five Alberta communities.
  • Hughes is married to his wife Denise, and together they have three children.
  • Ken Hugheslaunched a website called “Alberta Leadership,” where people can join the conversation and provide feedback.
  • Ken Hughes on Facebook
  • Ken Hughes on Twitter

Here’s a look at the chatter on Twitter surrounding the PC Leadership race:


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