Drew Barnes was elected to his third term as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Cypress-Medicine Hat on April 16, 2019.
Mr. Barnes currently serves as a member of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts and the Standing Committee on Alberta’s Economic Future.
He previously served as deputy chair of the Standing Committee on Families and Communities and as a member of the Standing Committees on Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund and the Standing Committee on Resource Stewardship.
Mr. Barnes was born in Saskatchewan and moved to Medicine Hat with his family in 1974. He studied at Camrose Lutheran College and the University of Alberta, where he completed his bachelor of commerce degree.
Mr. Barnes pursued an award-winning, 26-year career in real estate. He owned and managed a successful real estate office in Medicine Hat and was a member of the Medicine Hat Real Estate Board from 1983 to 2009, and served as 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 throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan and has irrigation and ranchland, on which he raises 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 is 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.
He was the 816th Member to be sworn in to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.
March 4, 2020