Josée Verner was first elected as a Member of Parliament in 2006 and re-elected in 2008. In February 2006, Ms. Verner was appointed Minister of International Cooperation and Minister for La Francophonie and Official Languages. In August 2007, she was named Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages. In addition in May 2008, she was re-appointed Minister for La Francophonie.
In October 2008, she was named minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, President of the Privy Council for the Queen of Canada, Minister for La Francophonie as well as Minister responsible for the region of Quebec.
In June 2011, she was appointed to the Senate of Canada.
Ms. Verner has spent close to twenty years in communications and the public service.
She is married and has three children.