Rachel Notley is the Premier of Alberta and leader of the province’s New Democratic Party. She led the NDP to victory in May 2015, ending 80 years of right-wing leadership in the province.
Notley was a lawyer before entering politics, earning her degree from Osgoode Hall and moving back to Edmonton where she dealt with workers compensation cases for the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees.
She moved to Vancouver in 1994 and worked for the Health Sciences Association of British Columbia. In 2002, her family returned to Edmonton and her husband, Lou Arab, became director of communications to the provincial NDP.
In that time, she worked with the United Nurses of Alberta, the National Union of General and Public Employees, Athabasca University and Grant MacEwan College.
The daughter of Grant Notley, who led the Alberta NDP from 1968 to 1984, she became involved in politics herself in 2006, when she succeeded Raj Pannu for the seat of Edmonton-Strathcona. In 2008, she won the seat, just one of two seats for the party. (The other being party leader Brian Mason.)
In 2014, Notley won the leadership bid for the party. She led the NDP to a majority government, its first ever win in the province, and stunned Canadian political observers.