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Barry Devolin 

Assumed office 
Preceded by John O'Reilly

Born March 10, 1963 (1963-03-10) (age 46)
Peterborough, Ontario
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Ursula Beachli
Residence Haliburton, Ontario

Barry Devolin, MP (born March 10, 1963) is a Canadian politician. He is a current Member of Parliament serving the riding of Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock.

Devolin was born in Peterborough and grew up in Haliburton. While in high school Devolin was selected as an international exchange student by the Haliburton Rotary Club to spend a year in the Netherlands. After his year abroad, Devolin wanted to become a diplomat and decided to move to Ottawa to study political science at Carleton University, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1985. Two years later he received a master's degree in political science from the Stony Brook University. In 1993 Devolin married Ursula Beachli, they have two children, a son and daughter.

Devolin previously ran in the 1993 federal election as a member of the Reform Party in the riding of Victoria—Haliburton. Devolin placed second in the election, losing to John O'Reilly of the Liberals. Following the 1993 election, Devolin served as the director of research for the parliamentary caucus of the Reform Party. He spent time working in British Columbia and Korea, and in 1994 returned to Canada to assist Chris Hodgson to seek election to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario for Haliburton—Victoria—Brock. After this, he served as Hodgson's chief of staff for a number of years, and then became a political consultant in Toronto.

Devolin did not seek the nomination in Haliburton—Victoria—Brock in the 1997 and 2000 elections. In 2004 he became the candidate for the new Conservative Party of Canada, and was elected in the 2004 election to represent the newly-redistributed riding of Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock, which largely overlaps his former riding. He received 44% of the popular vote, defeating O'Reilly. In the 2006 election Devolin was re-elected with 49% of the vote.

After being elected to Parliament Devolin created a non-partisan Farm Council in his riding to advise and inform him on agricultural issues. He also launched "The Capital Experience", a program that takes one or two students from each of the area’s seven high schools to Ottawa for three days to learn about career opportunities in public life.

Following his reelection in the 2008 election, he was named assistant deputy chairman of the Committees of the Whole[1], which makes him one of three presiding officers who may take over for the Speaker in the event of his absence.


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