Ontario’s New Democratic Party
MPP for Hamilton Centre, Andrea Horwath was elected leader of Ontario’s New Democratic Party on March 7, 2009. She is the first woman to lead the Ontario NDP and only the second woman in history to lead a major party in Ontario.
Ms. Horwath was first elected in a by-election in the former riding of Hamilton East in May, 2004.
Prior to her involvement with provincial politics, Ms. Horwath served as the City Councillor for Hamilton’s downtown ward and was first elected municipally in 1997.
Ms. Horwath’s has been a community activist long before her political career. She worked closely with the Hamilton labour movement, providing literacy, numeracy and ESL training for workers and serving as a community organizer at a local legal clinic. In recognition of her work in the community, Ms. Horwath received a Woman of the Year Award in 1997 from the Hamilton Status of Women Committee.
In April 2012, Equal Voice, a non-profit, multi-partisan organization dedicated to electing more women to all levels of political office in Canada, honoured her with the 2012 Equal Voice Award.
Ms. Horwath holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Labour Studies from McMaster University. She lives in Hamilton with her son Julian.