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Mr. Rob Anderson – MLA for Airdrie

Dear
God, We pray for MLA Mr. Rob Anderson that you would be with him and all the
other party representatives that they would be wise in all the important
decisions they must make. Surround them with people who will give them wise
counsel and good advice. Help him Lord, to represent the people of Airdrie well
and be knowledgeable of what they need. In your name, Amen (Grade 6 Student)

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
    Stewardship
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Private
    Bills
  • Public
    Safety and Services
  • Special
    Standing Committee on Members’ Services
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.