MLA, Bathurst West-Beresford
Brian Kenny was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick in 2003 as the Liberal MLA representing Bathurst. He was a member of the Standing Committee on the Ombudsman and, in the Official Opposition, he was the critic for areas of interest relating to the Regional Development Corporation. He currently serves as policy advocate for Intergovernmental Affairs.
Mr. Kenny was reelected to the 56th Legislature in the provincial election held September 18, 2006, and was appointed Deputy Speaker. In 2008, he was appointed Minister of State for Seniors and Minister Responsible for the Community Non-Profit Organizations Secretariat. In 2010, he was appointed Minister of Tourism and Parks.
He was reelected to the 57th Legislature in the provincial election held September 27, 2010. He was a member of the Standing Committee on Crown Corporations, the Standing Committee on Legislative Officers and the Select Committee on Point Lepreau. He was the Opposition critic for matters related to energy, the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Agency, and northern economic development. He was also the critic for justice, attorney general, tourism and parks, and heritage and culture.
Mr. Kenny was reelected to the 58th Legislature on September 22, 2014, as the MLA representing the riding of Bathurst West-Beresford. On October 7, 2014, he was appointed Minister of Environment and Local Government. He was appointed to the Jobs Board and the Legislative Instruments and Regulations Board. On June 6th, 2016, Brian Kenny becomes Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. On September 5th, 2017, he became the Minister responsible for Official Languages.
Born in Bathurst, Mr. Kenny is the past president of both the New Brunswick Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Bathurst Chamber of Commerce. He has also served as a co-chair of the Restigouche-Chaleur Economic Development Task Force. A real estate developer and former licensed real estate broker, he served as secretary, treasurer, and director of the Northern New Brunswick Real Estate Board. Mr. Kenny was a director-at-large with the Chaleur Regional Development Commission, and he is a member of Rotary Club and the Royal Canadian Legion. He was a volunteer with the Canada Games and Meals on Wheels.
As an experienced MLA, Cabinet minister, businessman, family man and a community-minded individual, he cares deeply about the region he serves and desires to help the Chaleur area prosper. He enjoys playing guitar, woodworking, genealogy, local history and spending time with family.
Mr. Kenny and his wife, Wendy, have two daughters, Bryanna and Madison.