November 22, 2004,
March 3, 2008
|Preceded by||Marlene Graham|
|Born||June 27, 1964
|Political party||Progressive Conservative|
|Spouse(s)||Jennifer Rodney (née Adams)|
|Alma mater||University of
Newman Theological College
|Occupation||educator, film maker, and motivational speaker|
Dave Rodney (born June 27, 1964 in Mankota, Saskatchewan) is a Canadian politician and current Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the constituency of Calgary-Lougheed as a Progressive Conservative. He was first elected in the 2004 provincial election and reelected in 2008. He holds the distinction of being the only Canadian to ascend to the summit of Mount Everest twice.
Rodney was born June 27, 1964 in Mankota, Saskatchewan. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree (with distinction) in 1987 and Bachelor of Education after-degree in 1988 from the University of Saskatchewan. He obtained his Master of Religious Education (with distinction) from Newman Theological College in Edmonton in 2002.
Prior to being elected into the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, Rodney worked in a variety of capacities. He was an educator and administrator for 13 years in Canada, Nepal and the West Indies, and worked for three terms as an Employment and Immigration Canada placement officer. In 1997 he founded SpiritQuest Enterprises Inc., of which he was both president and CEO. He became an international keynote speaker, workshop facilitator, and worldwide adventure guide and worked with National Geographic, BBC, and Oprah Winfrey, among others, to produce more than 20 books and documentaries. He cofounded the Top of the World Society for Children with his wife, Jennifer.
Rodney first sought public office in the 2004 provincial election in the constituency of Calgary-Lougheed. In that election, he received 60% of the vote. During his first term in office, in addition to his responsibilities as an MLA, Rodney held the title of chair for each of Calgary caucus, the Standing Committee on Legislative Offices and the Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission (AADAC). He was the government liaison for the Strategic Tourism Marketing Council and served as a member on numerous committees.
Rodney sponsored a number of bills during the 26th Legislature; he sponsored one private member's bill, Smoke-free Places Act, 2005 and one private bill, Burns Memorial Trust Amendment Act, 2006, in addition to four government bills: Hotel Room Tax (Tourism Levy) Amendment Act, 2005, Health Statutes Amendment Act, 2007, Access to the Future Amendment Act, 2007, and Insurance Amendment Act, 2007.
On March 3, 2008, Rodney was reelected to a second term as MLA for Calgary-Lougheed with 53% of the vote. In the 27th Legislature, he sponsored a private member's bill, the Alberta Income Tax (Physical Activity Credit) Amendment Act, 2008. He is the current chair of the all-party Policy Field Committee on Community Services, government liaison to the Strategic Tourism Marketing Commission, and member of each of the Agenda and Priorities Committee, Special Standing Committee on Members Services and Cabinet Policy Committee on Community Services.
Rodney is married to Jennifer. The couple has one son, Dawson, and a puppy named MacGyver. Rodney has long been an active volunteer; prior to entering politics, he had already worked for more than 60 charities—both locally and globally. He has received many accolades for his philanthropic work and personal accomplishments including the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal for community service, a spot on Alberta Venture magazine's list of Alberta's 50 Most Influential People, and the dedication of Rodney Ridge in his hometown, where he holds a spot on the sports hall of fame.
|2008 Alberta general election results ( Calgary-Lougheed )||Turnout 40.2%|
|Progressive Conservative||Dave Rodney||7,252||53%|
|Wildrose Alliance||Derrick Jacobson||1,626||12%|
|Independent||G. Keith Laurie||102||1%|
|2004 Alberta general election results ( Calgary-Lougheed )||Turnout 40.7%|
|Progressive Conservative||Dave Rodney||6,336||59.8%|
|Alberta Alliance||Tariq Khan||445||4.2%|