Christy Clark

Christina Joan "Christy" Clark, radio broadcaster, politician, 35th premier of BRITISH COLUMBIA (born at Burnaby, BC 29 Oct 1965). Christy Clark was born and raised in Burnaby, BC, the daughter of a family counsellor and a high school teacher.

Clark graduated from Burnaby South Secondary School and attended SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY, as well as the University of Edinburgh and Université de la Sorbonne in Paris.

Clark was first elected to the BC legislature in 1996. In 2001 she became education minister and deputy premier after earning a strong reputation as an opposition member. A year later, she became the first politician in BC history to have a baby while serving in cabinet. Clark also served as minister of children and family development.

In 2005, Clark briefly left politics and started to write a newspaper column for the Vancouver Province, as well as doing political commentary for CTV Newsnet. She also ran for mayor of Vancouver but lost. Two years later, in 2007, she began hosting her own radio show in Vancouver on CKNW, the "Christy Clark Show".

In 2010, after Premier Gordon CAMPBELL announced he was stepping down, Clark took a leave from her radio job to run for the leadership of the BC Liberal party, a contest she won on 26 Feb 2011. On 14 Mar 2011 she was sworn in as BC's 35th premier, becoming the second woman to hold the job, after Rita JOHNSTON of the Social Credit Party in 1991.