December 8, 2022
Alberta’s 17th Premier Legislature Portrait Unveiled
EDMONTON – The official Legislature portrait of the Honourable Rachel Notley, ECA, 17th Premier of Alberta, was unveiled this morning during a ceremony in the Legislature rotunda.
“With a public service career as an elected official spanning nearly 15 years, Rachel Notley embodies the true definition of a statesperson,” said Honourable Nathan Cooper, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. “Her service has earned the respect of her constituents and citizens throughout the province.”
First elected in 2008, the Honourable Rachel Notley, ECA, is currently serving her fourth term as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Edmonton-Strathcona. In her third term she was sworn in as Alberta’s 17th Premier, a position she held from May 24, 2015, to April 30, 2019. Her ongoing political career has also included serving on several legislative committees, as opposition critic for several government ministries, Leader of the Official Opposition and Minister of International and Intergovernmental Relations.
Ms. Notley holds a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of Alberta and a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. She has worked for a variety of labour unions in both Alberta and British Columbia and served as a ministerial adviser to British Columbia’s Attorney General in the 1990s. Ms. Notley’s work during her legal career focused on labour law, workers' compensation advocacy and workplace health and safety issues.
The Member for Edmonton-Strathcona grew up in Fairview, Alberta, and is the daughter of former Alberta NDP leader Grant Notley and his wife, Sandy. She lives in Edmonton’s Old Strathcona neighbourhood along with her husband, Lou, and their two children, Ethan and Sophie.
Rachel Notley’s official Legislature portrait was painted by artist David Goatley. With almost 450 commissions to his credit, Mr. Goatley’s work is included in two royal collections as well as the collections of governments, museums, corporations, institutions and in hundreds of private homes. For the artist’s full biography and breadth of work please visit davidgoatley.com.
The portrait will be placed with the collection on permanent display on the third floor of the Alberta Legislature Building. Photos of the portrait and the unveiling ceremony are available on the Assembly Flickr page.
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Shannon Parke, Communications Consultant
Legislative Assembly of Alberta