Denis Landry was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick on September 11, 1995, as member for Centre-Péninsule. He served on the Standing Committee on Law Amendments, the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, and the Special Cabinet Committee on Social Policy Renewal. He was a member of the Action Nord group and served on the ministerial committee for the economic development of the Acadian Peninsula.
Reelected in 2003, he served on the Standing Committee on Private Bills and the Select Committee on Wood Supply. As a member of the official opposition, he was Tourism Critic and Automobile Insurance Critic.
Mr. Landry was elected again in 2006, as member for the new riding of Centre-Péninsule-Saint-Sauveur, and he was Minister of Transportation until 2010.
Elected for a fourth term in 2010, he was Official Opposition Whip and served on the Standing Committee on Estimates and the Legislative Administration Committee. He was also Natural Resources, Environment, and Communications New Brunswick Critic for the official opposition.
He was reelected in 2014 to represent the new riding of Bathurst-East-Nepisiguit-Saint-Isidore. He was Minister of Natural Resources and Minister of Human Resources until 2016, and then Minister of Justice and Public Safety. He also served on the Jobs Board and the Policy Board until 2018.
Elected for a sixth term on September 24, 2018, he was appointed Minister of Justice and Public Safety, as well as Acting Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, and he held these positions until November 2, 2018. He then became Transportation and Infrastructure Critic for the official opposition. On February 12, 2019, Mr. Landry was elected Acting Leader of the Official Opposition and Acting Liberal Party Leader by the member of the Liberal caucus.
He currently serves as the Justice Critic and Whip for the Liberal Caucus.
Before going into politics, Mr. Landry worked as a logger for 17 years. Active in the labour movement, he served as Secretary-Treasurer and then President of Local 123 of the Canadian Paperworkers Union. He also served as president of the coalition against changes in unemployment insurance, president of the Acadian Peninsula labour council, and provincial coordinator for the 1995 World Summit for Social Development in Copenhagen, which he attended as a consultant.
Mr. Landry graduated from Polyvalente Louis-Mailloux in Caraquet, in 1975, and he took various training courses, including a forestry instructor course at the Memramcook Institute, leadership training at St. Francis Xavier University, a literacy instruction course in Fredericton, and training in small business creation at the Université de Moncton, Shippagan campus.
Born in Val-Doucet, Mr. Landry is the eldest of 11 children. He and his wife. Johanne, have three children, Sébastien (Yelena Landry), Natacha (Michael Godin), and Cédric (Joannie Landry), as well as seven grandchildren, Kassime, Karellie, Kaissa, Kayana, Benjamin, Maxime, and Alexandra.