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Stephen Francis Lecce (born November 26, 1986) is a Canadian politician. He is a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario for the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario. Lecce is the Deputy Government House Leader, the Parliamentary Assistant to Minister of Infrastructure Monte McNaughton, and the Parliamentary Assistant to Premier Doug Ford.


Stephen Lecce

Stephen Lecce (cropped).jpg
Ontario Minister of Education
Assumed office
June 20, 2019
PremierDoug Ford
Preceded byLisa Thompson
Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament
for King—Vaughan
Assumed office
June 7, 2018
Preceded byRiding established
Personal details
Born
Stephen Francis Lecce

(1986-11-26) November 26, 1986 (age 32)
Vaughan, Ontario
Political partyProgressive Conservative
ResidenceKleinburg, Ontario
Alma materUniversity of Western Ontario
OccupationConsultant
PortfolioMinister of Education (2019-present)
Deputy Government House Leader (2018-2019)
Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Infrastructure (2018-2019)
Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier (2018-2019)

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Early lifeEdit

Lecce was born in Vaughan, Ontario on November 26, 1986. At age thirteen, Lecce worked on former PC MPP Al Palladini’s successful re-election campaign in 1999.[1]

Early careerEdit

Stephen attended University of Western Ontario for his undergraduate studies in political science. There, he was elected and served as President of Western's University Students' Council (Canada).[2] While studying at Western, he was initiated into the Sigma Chi Fraternity, eventually serving as President of the Western Chapter.[3]

After graduation, Lecce joined the Office of the Prime Minister under Stephen Harper. He served as Deputy Director of Communications before being promoted to Director of Media Relations.

Lecce owns a public relations consultancy firm.[1]

Political careerEdit

 
Lecce speaking during Question Period on May 30, 2019.

Lecce ran as a Progressive Conservative in the riding of King—Vaughan on June 7, 2018 and won.[1] He received 29,136 votes (56.62%).[4] On June 29, 2018, Lecce became the Parliamentary Assistant to Monte McNaughton, the Minister of Infrastructure.[5] On July 31, Lecce became Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier.[6]

On June 20, 2019, he was sworn in as Ontario's Minister of Education.[7]

Electoral recordEdit

Ontario general election, 2018
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Stephen Lecce 29,136 56.62 +24.34
Liberal Marilyn Iafrate 12,012 23.34 -27.97
New Democratic Andrea Beal 7,921 15.39 +3.70
Green Greg Locke 1,754 3.41 +0.43
Trillium Roman Evtukh 252 0.49
Libertarian Yan Simkin 235 0.46
Ontario Moderate Party Tatiana Babitch 151 0.29
Total valid votes 100.0  
Source: Elections Ontario[4]

Cabinet PositionsEdit

Ontario Provincial Government of Doug Ford
Cabinet post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Lisa Thompson Minister of Education
June 20, 2019 - present
Incumbent

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Kopun, Francine (June 7, 2018). "King-Vaughan picks PC candidate Stephen Lecce". Toronto Star. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  2. ^ http://www.usc.uwo.ca/gazette/archives/story.php?sect=frontPage&id=1197 Western Gazette. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  3. ^ http://www.usc.uwo.ca/gazette/archives/story.php?sect=news&id=1071
  4. ^ a b "Election Night Results /Résultats du soir de l'élection". Elections Ontario. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  5. ^ Walsh, Marieke. "Former federal MPs appointed to cabinet and parliamentary assistant posts under Ford". iPolitics. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  6. ^ "Doug Ford on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  7. ^ https://www.ontario.ca/page/meet-premiers-team?_ga=2.57712040.367664057.1561044809-1707010861.1558653684