Senator Nolin was appointed to the Senate by Prime Minister Mulroney on June 18, 1993. His senatorial division is De Salaberry (Québec). Born in Montreal on October 30, 1950, Senator Nolin received an LL.L degree from the University of Ottawa in 1976 and has worked as a lawyer for the past 30 years. He is married and has three children.
Since joining the Senate, he has served as a member of numerous committees, including the Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs; the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration; the Standing Committee on National Security and Defence; the Standing Joint Committee on Scrutiny of Regulations; the Standing Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources; the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade; the Standing Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament; the Senate Special Committee on the Anti-Terrorism Act; and the Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs. Senator Nolin has occupied various leadership positions with the Conservative Party since 1984.
He joined the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, formerly the North Atlantic Assembly, in 1994. He has served in various positions on the Science and Technology Committee: Special Rapporteur on the Partnership for Peace (1994-1996); Vice-President (1996-2000); President (2000-2004); Principal Rapporteur (2004-2009); Special Rapporteur – Climate Change (2004-2014) and Special Rapporteur on Unmanned Military Systems (2009-2014). He also served on the Bureau of the Assembly as Vice-President - North America (2004-2006) and as Chair of the Parliamentary Assembly Reform Working Group (2005-2014) and Treasurer (2007-2014).
Since 1995, Senator Nolin has been a member of the Cercle des Honoraires of the Régiment de Maisonneuve. On September 4th, 2012, the Minister of National Defence appointed him an honorary lieutenant-colonel of the Régiment de Maisonneuve.
He was named a Commander of the Order of Saint Lazarus on May 9th, 2014.
On November 20, 2013, he is unanimously elected Speaker pro tempore of the Senate and, on November 26, 2014, the Governor General appointed him Speaker of the Senate on the recommendation of Prime Minister Harper.
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