Marco Mendicino was first elected in 2015, and now serves as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. His election in 2015 was notable because he defeated incumbent Finance Minister Joe Oliver.
Before his election, he worked as a lawyer and federal prosecutor. He was also active in the Liberal Party, serving as a member of the riding executive in Eglinton–Lawrence.
Mendicino spent much of his law career fighting against organized crime and terrorism and was involved in the prosecution of the Toronto 18 terrorism case. After more than a decade as a federal prosecutor, Mendicino ran his own law practice, specializing in professional regulation and labour and employment.
Mendicino has a degree in political science from Carleton University and a degree in law from the University of Windsor. He also studied human resources management at York University’s Schulich School of Business. He has worked for the Law Society of Upper Canada and was the president of the Association of Justice Counsel. In that position, Mendocino testified before House of Commons and Senate committees, advocating for better laws and access to justice.
He has also lectured as an adjunct professor at York’s Osgoode Hall Law School.
Mendicino has volunteered his time with the John Wanless Childcare Centre, the North Toronto Soccer Club and COSTI Immigration Services, an organization the helps immigrants gain the skills they need on their arrival in Canada.
Mendicino is married and has two daughters.