Richard Bragdon serves as the Member of Parliament for the riding of Tobique-Mactaquac in western New Brunswick. He was first elected in 2019 and currently serves as the Chair of the National Prayer Breakfast which is in its 58th year and is the longest running annual event on Parliament Hill. During his tenure as Member of Parliament, Richard has also served as the Shadow Minister for Fisheries, Oceans & Canadian Coast Guard, Deputy Shadow Minister for Ethics and Government Accountability and belongs to several inter-parliamentary groups. Prior to his time in elected office, Richard worked in ministry in a pastoral role, in the non-profit sector serving both those incarcerated and in addictions recovery, and also the private sector as a Real Estate Agent. Richard had the unique achievement of having a Private Members’ Bill pass into law as an opposition MP. His Private Members’ Bill, C-228 An Act to Establish a National Framework for Reducing Recidivism, was inspired by Richard’s background in the non-profit sector in the interest of ending the revolving door of the prison system through effective partnerships between government, private sector, faith based, non-profits, and others. Despite less than 2% of Private Members Bill’s introduced by opposition MP’s successfully becoming law, Richard’s Bill had overwhelming support in Parliament and was unanimously passed by the Senate. Richard lives in Keswick Ridge, New Brunswick, with his wife Crystal and their three children Vada, Walker and Mariah.