Judy Foote has been a Member of Parliament since 2008. She was first elected as the member for Random–Burin–St. George’s and in 2015 was elected in the new riding of Bonavista–Burin–Trinity, receiving the highest percentage of votes of any candidate nationwide, with nearly 82 per cent. She has been named Minister of Public Services and Procurement and a member of the Board of Internal Economy, although as of June 2017 she is taking an indefinite leave of absence from her job for personal and family reasons. Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr is assuming her duties in her absence.
Prior to the October 2015 election she was the Liberal Party whip and also served as the Deputy House Leader for the Liberal official opposition.
Before running federally, Foote was a Member of Newfoundland and Labrador’s House of Assembly for Grand Bank twice, in 1996 and 2003. She served in cabinet as Minister of Development and Rural Renewal, Minister of Industry, Trade and Technology and Minister of Education. Before running for an elected position, Foote served as the communications director for Newfoundland and Labrador premier Clyde Wells.
Foote has a Bachelor of Education from Memorial University and a diploma in Radio and Television Broadcast Arts from Lambton College. She worked for several years with CBC’s public affairs program Here and Now. Foote also worked as Director of University Relations at Memorial and as Director of Public Relations in the Premier’s office. Foote is an active volunteer in her community, working for such organizations as the St. John’s Association for the Mentally Delayed and with UNICEF. She is married and the mother of three children.
In 2000, Foote was diagnosed with breast cancer, and in 2014 she announced that it had returned, although her current absence is believed to be unrelated to the disease.