Roger Gallaway, born in Sarnia in 1948, is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario (BA, 1972) and the University of Windsor (LLB, 1975). In 1991, he was elected the first Mayor of Point Edward, Ontario.
He entered the House of Commons in 1993 and was re-elected as Member of Parliament for Sarnia-Lambton in all subsequent elections. In 2003, Prime Minister Paul Martin appointed Mr. Gallaway to the Privy Council of Canada as Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons with special emphasis on Democratic Reform.
He co-chaired the Special Joint Committee on Child Custody and Access which recommended sweeping changes to the Divorce Act. He is well known nationally as an advocate for the needs of children to have two parents post-divorce and travels extensively to speak on the topic.
His other legislative interests include the oil and petrochemical business, regulated industries, consumer protection law, and parliamentary reform. He is the founder of the national heritage program that preserves former prime ministers' gravesites and publications on the lives of former prime ministers.
In Sarnia—Lambton, he founded the Council for Economic Renewal. An original member of the Parliamentary True Grit Band, he has appeared in galas for the International Symphony as well as being the narrator for a "Child's Introduction to the Symphony."
Married to Jane, a school teacher, they have four children: Sarah, Dave, Paul and Eric.