Rob Nicholson was first elected to the House of Commons in 1988, serving two terms before leaving federal politics until 2004. Re-elected in 2015 he has been named the Official Opposition Critic for Justice.
Prior to the 2015 election, Nicholson was serving as Minister of Foreign Affairs. He has also served as Government House Leader, Minister for Democratic Reform, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and Minister of National Defence. He first served in cabinet under Prime Minister Kim Campbell as Minister for Science and Minister responsible for Small Business.
After leaving federal politics in 1993, Nicholson was elected to the Niagara Catholic District School Board and subsequently the Niagara Regional Council.
Nicholson has a Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor. Before entering politics he was a practicing lawyer and is still a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
In 2015 Nicholson expressed interest in becoming interim leader of the Conservative Party, but the caucus elected Rona Ambrose to fill that role.