Mark Strahl was born and raised in Chilliwack. He has spent his professional life in public service, starting as an intern in Opposition Leader Preston Manning's office in Ottawa in 1998, and being recruited out of that program to work for two different BC Members of Parliament.
In 2011, he ran as a candidate in the riding of Chilliwack--Fraser Canyon and was elected to the House of Commons, where he served in a number of key roles in Stephen Harper's Conservative government, including as the Chair of the BC Conservative Caucus and Parliamentary Secretary to the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development. He was re-elected in 2015 as the Member of Parliament for Chilliwack-Hope.
After his re-election, Mark served as the Shadow Minister for Fisheries and Oceans, and later as Shadow Minister for Natural Resources. Following Andrew Scheer's election as the Leader of Canada's Conservatives, he appointed Mark to the position of Chief Opposition Whip, a key member of Andrew Scheer's Leadership Team in Ottawa, helping to set the strategic direction of the Conservative caucus and party.
Mark has placed a priority on raising issues surrounding mental health, including ending the stigma associated with mental health diseases. Mark is also committed to working with First Nations leaders in our community to move our relationships forward in a spirit of true reconciliation.
Mark is dedicated to our community and the organizations that serve it. He is an Honourary Member of the Rotary Club of Chilliwack, and a member the Royal Canadian Legion Vedder Branch 280, the Hope and District Chamber of Commerce, the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce, the Chilliwack Healthier Community group and the Chilliwack Housing First Task Team. He also volunteers his time at local charities such as the Chilliwack Bowls of Hope Society and others as often as his schedule allows.
Mark and his wife, Lisa, were married in 1999 and are proud call Chilliwack their home, where they love living, working and raising their son together.