Brian Gallant was elected Leader of the New Brunswick Liberal Party on Oct. 27, 2012, at a leadership convention that saw a record number of convention voters cast a ballot. He was first elected to the legislative assembly in a by-election for the riding of Kent in April 2013, and was sworn-in as Leader of the Official Opposition. He was re-elected in the general elections in Sept. 2014 and now represents the riding of Shediac Bay-Dieppe.
Gallant was sworn in as Premier, President of the Executive Council, Chair of the New Brunswick Jobs Board, Minister responsible for Innovation, Intergovernmental Affairs, Women’s Equality and Rural Affairs on Oct. 7, 2014.
During his early years, Gallant received his education at various schools throughout the province and graduated from Polyvalente Louis-J.-Robichaud, Shediac. Determined to pursue a postsecondary education, he started and operated two small companies, through which he was able to pay for his university education. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the Université de Moncton. He also received a Master of Laws degree from McGill University.
Gallant practised law with the firm Stewart McKelvey in the areas of corporate and commercial law. He later joined the Veritas Law firm in Dieppe as a partner.