Progressive Conservative MLA Bruce Fitch (Riverview) is a graduate of Moncton High School and he furthered his studies at Mount Allison University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.
After working several years in the insurance industry, he joined Scotia Bank. He ended his banking career as a full-service broker with ScotiaMcLeod.
His political career began in 1989 when he was elected as a councillor for Ward 2 in Riverview. He was mayor from 1998 to 2001. During his tenure on council, he focused on initiatives relating to increased building activity, employment, maintaining a high level of programs and services, promoting Riverview as a great place to live, and building positive working relationships with other municipalities.
Mr. Fitch was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick in the June 9, 2003 provincial election. He was sworn in as Minister of Energy on June 27, 2003. He was appointed Minister of Justice and Consumer Affairs on February 14, 2006.
He was re-elected to the 56th Legislature in the September 18, 2006, provincial election. He was the official Opposition critic for many areas of interest relating to finance. He was a member of the Standing Committee on Crown corporations.
He was re-elected to the 57th Legislature in the provincial election held September 27, 2010 and was named Minister of Local Government. He was appointed Minister of Environment and Local Government and Minister Responsible for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Agency of New Brunswick on March 15, 2012. He was appointed Minister of Economic Development and Minister Responsible for Invest New Brunswick on September 19, 2013.
He is a member of the First Baptist Church. His hobbies include golf and playing Sunday night hockey. He coached minor soccer and football in the past.
He has been serving his community for many years as a member of a variety of boards.
He and his wife, Nancy, have been married for more than 30 years and the couple has three adult children Lauren, Lucas and Jenna.