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New assistant named for Alta. ag minister

A southern Alberta cattle rancher and Tory MLA who took back his riding from the Wildrose Alliance has been named as parliamentary assistant to provincial Agriculture Minister George Groeneveld.

Broyce Jacobs, the MLA for Cardston-Taber-Warner, was named to the post Wednesday by Premier Ed Stelmach.

In the agriculture and rural development portfolio, Jacobs replaces Battle River-Wainwright MLA Doug Griffiths, who moves over to take the assistant’s role for Solicitor General Fred Lindsay.

Jacobs was elected to the Alberta Legislature in 2001, then lost his seat in 2004 to then-Alberta Alliance leader Paul Hinman by just 129 votes. He came back in 2008 to defeat Hinman, now representing the Wildrose Alliance, by 49 votes. (Hinman has since returned to the Legislature by way of a byelection upset on Monday in Calgary.)

Jacobs, who with his family operates a cattle ranch at Mountain View, about 100 km southwest of Lethbridge, previously served 17 years as reeve for the Municipal District of Cardston.

Born in Cardston, Jacobs has a degree in business management from Brigham Young University, where he majored in banking and finance.

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