Barrie MP Patrick Brown has won the Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership race.
Brown, 36, takes over from Tim Hudak, who resigned shortly after the party lost its second election under his leadership to the Liberals last June.
Brown's website says he was first elected to the House of Commons in the 2006 federal election against the incumbent Liberal cabinet minister. He was re-elected by a margin of 15,000 votes in the fall 2008 election and by 21,000 votes to the second place NDP in the spring of 2011.
Brown's family has long roots in Barrie, as his grandparents moved to the city about 70 years ago. He graduated from Law School at the University of Windsor, and practised law in Barrie.He was elected to Barrie City Council in 2000 and was re-elected in 2003. He was a very active member of council at a time when Barrie City faced many tough challenges as its population nearly doubled in size.
Brown is a resident of the southeast end of Barrie. He is a marathon runner, and an avid hockey and tennis player. His passion in public service is enhancing access to healthcare for Barrie residents and supporting the Royal Victoria Hospital.