Member of Parliament (Canada) for Hamilton Centre (retired)
David Christopherson was first elected as the New Democratic Party (NDP) Member of Parliament for Hamilton Centre in 2004 and was re-elected in 2006, 2008, 2011, and 2015. He is currently the longest serving member and Vice-chair of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts and the Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs.
Prior to entering federal politics David was the Member of Provincial Parliament for Hamilton Centre; elected in 1990 and re-elected in 1995 and 1999. At Queen’s Park he rose to the position of Solicitor-General in the NDP government. Following the defeat of the New Democratic Party government, David fought the Harris government cutbacks in Opposition as the NDP Labour and Workers Compensation Board critic. In 1999 he was appointed NDP House Leader and in 2001, elected Deputy Speaker of the Legislature.
David has also been a member of several international election observation missions, beginning in 2004 during Ukraine’s Orange Revolution, and for both rounds of their presidential election in 2010, and parliamentary elections in 2014. He has also been a member of observation missions to Serbia (2007), Georgia (2008), Moldova (2009), and Morocco (2011).
David began his public political career serving several terms as a Municipal Alderman and Regional Councillor. Prior to that David had been a union activist, President of Canadian Auto Workers Local 525.