Progressive Conservative MLA, Calgary-Lougheed
Marlene Graham was elected to her first term as an MLA for the new riding of Calgary-Lougheed on March 11, 1997. She currently serves on the following committees: Standing Committee on Private Bills, chairman; Standing Policy Committee on Community Services, member; House Strategy Committee, member; Agricultural Lease Review Committee, member.
Marlene Louise Graham was born in Red Deer, Alberta, on May 31, 1953. She is a third generation Albertan and was raised on the family farm at Joffre, Alberta.
After completing a year of Bachelor of Arts studies at Red Deer College, Marlene attended the University of Alberta where she received a Bachelor of Laws in 1976. During her 21 years of practicing law in the province, Marlene has gained an understanding of the administration of justice from several perspectives. She served as Crown Counsel for the Attorney General of Alberta, Judicial District of Red Deer for six years before moving to a family law practice with the south Calgary firm of Durham McConnell MacInnes Graham. Until her election, she also was an Ad-Hoc Sitting Justice of the Peace in the Judicial District of Calgary, an appointment she held since 1991.
Marlene served as Chairman of the Calgary Women Lawyers' Association and has maintained memberships in legal professional organizations including the Alberta Crown Attorneys Association, the Calgary Bar Association, and various sections of the Alberta Branch of the Canadian Bar Association, and the Legal Archives Society of Alberta. Her recent community involvement includes serving as President of the Woodlands on the Park Condominium Corporation and Vice-president of the Calgary-Lougheed PC Association.
Marlene lives in the community of Woodlands, bordering on Fish Creek Provincial Park, a cherished asset of Calgary-Lougheed. She enjoys curling and golf.