Rachel Notley leads Alberta's first New Democratic government, with a strong majority and a diverse caucus including the highest percentage of women of any government in Canada. She was sworn in as Alberta's 17th Premier on May 24, 2015.
Rachel was born in Edmonton, Alberta and raised in Fairview, Alberta. This area was part of a constituency now named after her father, Grant Notley, a long-time and well-respected MLA who served as the leader of the province’s first NDP Opposition. Her mother, Sandy, also had a strong political influence, taking Rachel to protest marches before her tenth birthday and shaping a social conscience that continues to guide her.
Rachel completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at the University of Alberta, and earned a law degree at Osgoode Hall Law School. Her legal career focused on labour law, workers' compensation advocacy, and workplace health and safety issues. She has served as an advisor to BC's Attorney General.
Rachel was first elected as an NDP MLA in 2008, serving the constituency of Edmonton – Strathcona. She was re-elected in 2012 with the highest share of the vote of any MLA in the province. She became party leader on October 18, 2014 and on May 5, 2015, led the party to a historic win that swept the Progressive Conservative party from office after almost 44 years.
Rachel Notley’s New Democrat party ran on a platform that promised to support economic diversification and job growth, restore honest and open government, preserve and build the health care and education systems, and rebalance government revenues to make them more fair. This vision that offered a balance between a strong economy, environmental responsibility and social justice, was welcomed by Albertans who elected NDP candidates in 54 of Alberta’s 87 ridings.
Rachel and her husband, Lou Arab, live with their 2 teenage children in Edmonton.