David Christopherson was first elected as the NDP MP for Hamilton Centre in 2004. Before being elected to the House of Commons, Christopherson served the region as an MPP and as a city councillor. He has been an elected representative in Hamilton for more than 30 years.
Christopherson has been named the Chair of the Committee on Planning and Priorities and the party’s public safety critic. He previously served as the Deputy Leader of the NDP. In his time in Parliament, Christopherson has been outspoken on the issue of foreign takeovers. He has called for stronger rules on takeovers and measures to protect worker pensions, particularly in the case of Stelco’s takeover by US Steel.
As an MPP in the Ontario government, Christopherson served as Minister of Correctional Services and Solicitor-General. He has travelled abroad to take part in election observation on numerous occasions to countries such as Ukraine, Serbia and Georgia. Christopherson has also served as co-chair of the Canada-Africa Parliamentary Association.
Christopherson is married to Denise Doyle. Doyle is the CEO at Hamilton’s YWCA. In 2010 she received the Agnes Macphail Award for her contributions to the advancement of women and women’s issues.