Surrey, British Columbia , Canada
|| February 08, 1969
Aug 07, 2006 05:27pm
|Info||Russ was first elected to Parliament in summer of 2004 and re-elected for a second term in January 2006. |
Russ' education began at the University of Manitoba in the Faculty of Engineering. He later graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Biola University in California. Mr. Hiebert then went on to attend the University of British Columbia where he earned both his Bachelor of Laws degree and his Masters in Business Administration.
Russ' background is rich in the areas of law, business and public affairs. Not only has he practiced law for several years, Russ has also owned a software company and worked in several public policy positions. In Ottawa, Russ worked as a federal Legislative Assistant. In Washington, he worked at the Canadian Embassy and at the International Trade Centre of Canada.
In his first term as Member of Parliament, Russ was selected as a committee member on the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics. He has also initiated and is a founding co-chair for the new Parliamentary Border Caucus which focuses on Canada/US border issues, trade and security.
With his announcement in August 2005 of the formation of the Conservative Party Task Force on Safe Streets and Healthy Communities, Stephen Harper named Russ as co-Chair of the task force, along with former Attorney General of Ontario and current MPP, Jim Flaherty.
Beginning his second term as MP, Russ was appointed as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence, and will be continuing his role as co-chair of the all party Border Caucus.
Originally from Steinbach, Manitoba , Russ moved to the Lower Mainland in 1995. He resides with his wife, Andrea, in Surrey. Andrea is an elementary school teacher.
As a person deeply committed to family and concerned about aging parents and grandparents, Russ is acutely aware of the needs of those who have served for decades. He believes they deserve support from the government they paid taxes to their whole lives.