Mike Farnworth was re-elected as MLA for Port Coquitlam in 2017. He was first elected as MLA for Port Coquitlam-Burke Mountain in 1991, and re-elected in 1996, 2005, 2009 and 2013. He was appointed Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General in July 2017 and serves as Government House Leader.
Previously, Mike served as the Official Opposition spokesperson for Justice (Public Safety and Solicitor General) and as the Official Opposition Caucus House Leader.
Mike was raised in Port Coquitlam and has lived there for more than 40 years. He earned a bachelor's degree in geography at Simon Fraser University, and was elected to Port Coquitlam city council for three terms, in 1983, 1985 and 1990.
As an MLA, he has served in numerous cabinet roles, including as Minister of Health, Minister of Employment and Investment and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.
From 2001 to 2004, Mike worked in Bulgaria, the Balkans and then Iraq on democratic governance programs to help build multi-party democracies in former one-party states.