David Nathan Alward was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick in the June 7, 1999, provincial election as the Progressive Conservative member for the electoral district of Woodstock. He was the chair of the Standing Committee on Crown Corporations. In addition, he was a member of the Select Committee to Review Appointments by the Lieutenant-Governor-in-Council and the Select Committee on Private Passenger Automobile Insurance.
He was re-elected as the member for Woodstock in the June 9, 2003, provincial election and sworn in as Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture on June 27, 2003.
He was re-elected for a third term in the September 18, 2006, provincial election. He was a member of the Standing Committee on Crown Corporations and the critic for areas of interest related to agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture; post-secondary education, training and labour; the Labour and Employment Board; and WorkSafe NB.
On October 18, 2008, he was elected Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick.
He was re-elected to the 57th Legislature September 27 and took the oath of office to become the 32nd Premier of New Brunswick on Tuesday, October 12, 2010.
He was born on December 2, 1959, in Beverly, Mass., and is the son of Rev. Ford and Jean Alward. He graduated from Nackawic Senior High School and completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Bryan College, Dayton, Tenn. He has also completed course work toward a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology.
Mr. Alward was employed with the federal government from 1982 until 1996. From 1996 to 1999, he was self-employed as a human resource development and community development consultant. He and his family operate a small family farm in Riceville, where they raise purebred Hereford cattle.
Active in his community, he volunteered as an emergency medical technician and laboratory instructor with the St. John Ambulance and as a firefighter with the Meductic fire department. He served on the board of directors of the Carleton Regional Development Commission and the New Brunswick Hereford Association. He served on the Centennial Elementary School parent advisory committee, the School District 12 stay-in-school committee and the local agricultural employment board. He has also been a volunteer in local recreational activities and student tutoring. He is currently a member of the Woodstock Rotary Club.
Mr. Alward and his wife, Rhonda, have two sons, Jonathan and Benjamin.