Born and raised on a family farm just outside Grande Prairie, Chris Warkentin was first elected to the House of Commons in 2006. He is currently the Deputy Opposition House Leader.
Warkentin studied business and marketing at Grande Prairie Regional College. He also attended Peace River Bible College. He has owned and operated a building company that specialized in custom homes.
During his time as an MP, Warkentin has focused on drug legislation. He work with fellow MP John Weston on Bill C475, An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, which received royal assent in 2011.
Warkentin has been the Chair of the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development and the Vice-Chair for the Standing Committees on Government Operations and Estimates. He has also served on the Standing Committees for Industry, Science and Technology and Canadian Heritage and Chaired the Conservative Party’s Alberta Caucus.
He has served as a member of the ad-hoc Advisory Panel on the Funding and Oversight of Officers of Parliament as well as on the Caucus Advisory Committee of Public Works and Government Services and the Red Tape Reduction Commission.
Warkentin is passionate about getting young people engaged in politics and the democratic process.
He is married with three children.