James Rajotte was first elected to the House of Commons in 2000 as the Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Southwest, and was re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Leduc in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011.
In the 40th Parliament he served as the Chair of the Standing Committee on Finance as part of which he conducted annual pre-budget consultations, reviewed the Bank of Canada's Reports on Monetary Policy, and studied finance-related legislation such as Budget Implementation Bills. In the 39th Parliament he served as the Chair of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology. He was the Vice-Chair of the Parliamentary Committee on Industry, Science and Technology as well as the Vice-Chair of the Official Opposition Critic for Industry. He also introduced a Private Member's Bill on Identity Theft, which was unanimously approved by the House of Commons.
Mr. Rajotte, who was born and raised in Edmonton, received a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Ottawa, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta.
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