Andrea Horwath (1962- )
Andrea Horwath, MPP from 2004-present
Winning her party's 2009 leadership race, Ms. Horwath is the first woman to lead the New Democratic Party of Ontario. As a member of the third party opposition, she has held numerous Critic portfolios including: Intergovernmental Affairs, Economic Development and Trade, Children and Youth Services, Pensions, Women's Issues, Wokers Compensation, Occupational Health and Safety, Municipal Affairs, and Government and Consumer Services.
Ms. Horwath worked closely with her community before entering politics - teaching and training workers in Hamilton, organizing a local legal clinic, and developing co-op housing in Welland.