Drew Barnes was elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Cypress-Medicine Hat on April 23, 2012.
Mr. Barnes serves on the Standing Committee on Public Accounts and on the Standing Committee on the Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund.
Previously, Mr. Barnes was a member of the Standing Committees on Private bills and Resource Stewardship.
Mr. Barnes was born in Moosomin, Saskatchewan, and moved to Medicine Hat with his family in 1974. Upon graduation from Medicine Hat high school, he continued his studies at Camrose Lutheran College and the University of Alberta. Upon completion of his bachelor of commerce degree from the U of A, he pursued an award-winning career in real estate.
Mr. Barnes owned and managed a successful real estate office in Medicine Hat during his 26-year career in real estate. A member of the Medicine Hat Real Estate Board from 1983 to 2009, he served as board president in 1991.
An entrepreneur and businessman, Mr. Barnes owns a number of businesses in Medicine Hat which include a construction company, a storage facility and a property management company. He also owns commercial and residential property all over southern Alberta and southwestern Saskatchewan and has irrigation and ranchland, raising commercial beef and rodeo stock.
An active member of the community, Drew has been involved in many organizations in Medicine Hat and area. He has served as campaign chair and president of the United Way of Southeastern Alberta. A former president of the Kiwanis Club and Opportunity Capital Corporation, Drew enjoys working with others to forward a common cause. He was also a past member of the Kinsmen and Hockey Hounds. In his spare time Drew enjoys playing and coaching many sports, including golf, hockey, baseball and soccer, and watching his sons play football.
March 12, 2014