Mr. Rob Anderson – MLA for Airdrie

Lord God, we are thankful today for
MLA Rob Anderson as he represents the growing community of Airdrie. We ask
Lord, that you would guide him and give him the discernment he needs to apply
to the difficult situations he faces day by day and the ability to bring needed
advice and counsel to his constituents. We pray that he and his family would experience
your presence and peace.  In Jesus Name,

Rob Anderson was elected to his second term in Alberta’s Legislative
Assembly as the Member for Airdrie on April 23, 2012.

He currently serves as chair of the Standing Committee on Public
Accounts, and has previously served on the following standing committees of the
Legislative Assembly:
  • Alberta
    Heritage Savings Trust Fund
  • Resource
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Private
  • Public
    Safety and Services
  • Special
    Standing Committee on Members’ Services
On January 4, 2010, Mr. Anderson joined the Wildrose Caucus.

Born in Edmonton on June 13, 1977, Mr. Anderson is the oldest of seven
children. The family lived in Sherwood Park for most of his early years before
moving in 1990 to Airdrie, which has been home ever since. During his youth he
spent much of his time playing sports, particularly hockey and football. Two of
his most memorable achievements are winning the Edmonton city championship as
defensive captain for the Salisbury high school football team in Sherwood Park
and being named the starting goaltender for the Brigham Young University
Cougars hockey team. He also dedicated himself to earning his Boy Scouts of
Canada chief scout award.

In 2003 Mr. Anderson graduated magna cum laude from Brigham Young
University with a bachelor of arts in communications. Three years later he
obtained a bachelor of laws from the University of Alberta, graduating with
‘distinction’ honours.

While at law school Mr. Anderson earned the coveted Merv Leitch QC
scholarship for superior academic standing in constitutional law and
demonstrated participation in related extracurricular activities, which in his
case included his cofounding the organization Students for a Stronger Alberta.
This group advocated for democratic reform and more meaningful voter
participation in the democratic process, printed a university newspaper (The
Independent), focused on debating relevant public policy and political issues
of the day and organized a speaker series on strengthening democracy. He
further demonstrated his interest in legal issues as they relate to the
political sphere by earning the highest academic standing in the U of A law
school’s law and democratic process course.

Prior to his election as a Member of the Legislative Assembly Mr.
Anderson practiced corporate litigation law at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in
Calgary. Aside from the opportunity to work with some of Canada’s most
knowledgeable legal minds, this experience provided him with firsthand insight
into how and why companies succeed or fail.

At 19 years old Mr. Anderson spent two years engaging in mission service
in Taiwan. During this time he had the opportunity to learn to speak Mandarin
Chinese fluently, work as a caregiver for high-needs individuals, teach English
as a second language and forge friendships that he enjoys to this day. It turns
out that learning Mandarin Chinese was a blessing in more ways than one. In
2008, his parents adopted a little girl from China.

Mr. Anderson and his wife, Anita, live in Airdrie, where they raise
their four sons: Derek, Bryce, Spencer and Joshua. He also has the opportunity
to spend time with his parents, four brothers and two sisters, who live nearby.