Bev Shipley was elected as the MP for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex in 2006.
Shipley was born and raised in Middlesex Centre where his family has lived since 1819. He graduated from Centralia College of Agriculture Technology and then took over his family farm. Upon taking the farm over he expanded it to include cash crops and pure-bred dairy cattle. This gave him the experience necessary to act as Chair of the Standing Committee on Agriculture starting in October 2013. He was also chosen, in 2011, to chair the South West Ontario Conservative Regional Caucus by then Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
He has also served on the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology, the Standing Committee on Veteran’s Affairs, the Standing Committee on Transportation, the Infrastructure Standing Committee, the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Public Accounts and the Standing Committee on International Trade.
Shipley was a founding member of the Rural Caucus. He was also a member of the Auto Caucus and the Energy Caucus. Before his election to the House of Commons, Shipley was involved in municipal government for 20 years, including the seven years he spent as Mayor of Middlesex Centre.
Since his election in 2006, Shipley has had two private member’s motions passed in the House of Commons. His first motion, M460, called on the government to streamline the fertilizer regulations and approvals in line with the united states. M460 has been used as a reference for the Standing Committee on Agriculture and AgriFood’s report on young farmers and for Bill C18, the Agricultural Growth Act, which was granted royal assent in February 2015. His motion on religious freedom, M382, was passed with unanimous consent.
Shipley has been married for more than four decades. Together he and his wife have three grown children and nine grandchildren.