Karen was first elected on October 19, 2015 to represent the riding of Elgin-Middlesex-London in the 42nd Parliament.
Following the election of the Interim Leader, Karen received the role as Official Opposition Critic for Families, Children and Social Development. She is a Member of the Conservative Party Shadow Cabinet; Member of the Status of Women Committee; Chair of the Conservative Social Development Advisory Caucus; Member of the Auto Caucus, Tourism Caucus, Seniors Caucus, Anti-Poverty Caucus, Agricultural Caucus, Great Lakes Caucus, Restaurant and Hospitality Caucus, ALS Caucus, and the Juvenile Diabetes Caucus.
In her role as the Official Opposition Critic, Karen deals with issues related to housing and homelessness, poverty, childcare, as well as issues related to youth and seniors.
Karen’s experience as the Executive Assistant to the former Member of Parliament provided her with a greater understanding of federal government programs and their connection to individuals, not-for-profits and small businesses in the community.
In her personal capacity, Karen is married to Mike Vecchio and they have 5 children. She is very proud of her rural roots and strong family core values.