Denis Lebel was first elected in a 2007 byelection in Roberval–LacSaintJean. In 2015 he ran in and won the new riding of Lac-Saint-Jean.
As a member of the Conservative government he served as Minister of l’Agence de développement économique du Canada pour les régions du Québec, Minister of Transport and Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs. He also served as Prime Minister Harper’s Quebec lieutenant after the election in 2011.
Prior to entering federal politics, Lebel was Mayor of Roberval. He was elected in 2000 with 65 per cent of the vote. While Mayor, Lebel served on several committees, working with the Union des municipalités du Québec and as a member of the conseil d’administration d’Infrastructure Québec. He was also President of the Caucus des municipalités voisines des Premières Nations, President of the Centre local de développement Domaine-du-Roy and Vice-President of the Société d’aide au développement des collectivités Lac-Saint-Jean Ouest.
Lebel had previously run his own distribution business and operated a restaurant. He also worked at the local hospital as an account manager. Lebel was the Minister of Transport during the Lac-Mégantic train disaster and was shuffled out of that position shortly after. After Stephen Harper stepped down as Conservative Party leader, Lebel and his colleague Michelle Rempel presented themselves as possible joint interim leaders. Ultimately Rona Ambrose was selected for the interim position. Lebel was subsequently named the party’s Deputy Leader.
Lebel is married with two children.