Gerry Sklavounos was born in Montreal, in the district of Plateau Mont Royal, on December 16th 1974 to parents of Greek origin. At the age of six he moved to Park-Extension and spent the next 23 years of his life in the riding of Laurier-Dorion, which he now represents at the National Assembly of Quebec.
Gerry obtained his diploma of collegiate studies at Vanier College in 1994 and went on to complete his academic career at McGill University with bachelor degrees in Civil and Common Law in 1998. Gerry speaks, reads and writes English, French, and Greek.
Prior to being called to the Quebec bar in 1999, he completed his legal articles in the Criminal Prosecutions section of the Federal Justice Department. He then went on to practice criminal law as a public defender for the Montreal Legal Aid Office from 2000 to 2004. In 2004, he joined the criminal defense firm of Silver Sandiford where he practiced until his entry into politics.
Gerry was first elected as to the National Assembly of Quebec on March 26th 2007. Between 2007 and 2014, he has served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Social Services, Chairman of the National Assembly's Committee on Health and Social Services, Official Opposition Critic on Higher Education as well as Official Opposition Critic on Sustainable Development and Environment.
Re-elected for a fourth consecutive mandate in the general election of April 7th 2014, he garnered 46.2 % of the vote, his largest majority to date. Upon forming his government, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard appointed him Deputy Government House Leader.
Laurier-Dorion is a Quebec electoral riding in the Montreal area home to over 80 000 residents, 50 000 of which are eligible to vote.
Designated in honor of Wilfrid Laurier and Antoine-Aimé Dorion, the riding is comprised of the districts of Park-Extension (Laurier) to the west and Villeray (Dorion) to the east.
Densely populated, the riding covers an area of approximately 6 square kilometres and is recognized as being majoritarily allophone and culturally diverse.