The Honourable J. Michael Miltenberger
||J. Michael Miltenberger is one of the longest-serving Members of the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories. He was first elected to the Assembly in October 1995.
Mr. Miltenberger was re-elected to his fifth consecutive term as the Member for Thebacha, representing the community of Fort Smith, on October 3, 2011.
He was elected to Cabinet in March 29, 1999 and re-elected to Cabinet on October 31, 2001, December 10, 2003, October 12, 2007 and November 2, 2011.
He currently serves as the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Minister of Finance, Chairman of the Financial Management Board and Government House Leader of the 17th Legislative Assembly.
During the 16th Legislative Assembly, Mr. Miltenberger's served as the Deputy Premier, Government House Leader, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Minister of Finance, Minister of Health and Social Services, Minister Responsible for Persons with Disabilities, Minister Responsible for Homelessness and the Minister Responsible for Seniors. During his time in the legislature, he has served in a number of other portfolios as well.
Mr. Miltenberger was born in Ottawa on March 17, 1951, and was raised in the NWT since 1962. He acquired a B.A. (Sociology) from the University of Lethbridge and later received his certification as a journeyman carpenter through Arctic College in Fort Smith. Prior to his election to the NWT Legislative Assembly, he worked for the Government of the Northwest Territories and was the Mayor of Fort Smith.
Active in the community, he is a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, the Pelican Rapids Golf & Country Club, member of the Senior Society and Fort Smith Metis Local #50.
Mr. Miltenberger and his wife Jeri, have a daughter Michaela, a son-in-law Craig, a granddaughter Larrisa and a grandson Jason.