· Grew up on a family farm near Wynyard
· Educated at the University of Saskatchewan (Regina) and received a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and a teaching certificate
· At 22 years old, became the youngest Member of Parliament in Canada's history
· Re-elected eight times
· Serves as the NDP critic for Justice, the Solicitor General, Democratic Reform, Financial Institutions and Pensions, as well as the NDP's Deputy Whip.