Karen Vecchio was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Elgin-Middlesex-London in 2015 and re-elected in 2019 for a second term.
Karen currently serves as the Shadow Minister for Women and Gender Equality (and as Chair of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women – a role which she has held since 2017). She participates regularly in the All-Party Agricultural Caucus, the All-Party Anti-Poverty Caucus, the Canadian NATO Parliamentary Caucus, and the Conservative Multiculturalism Caucus.
In her capacity as Member of Parliament, Karen has served as the Shadow Minister for Families, Children and Social Development (2015-2019), Member of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women (2016-2019), Chair of the Conservative Social Development Caucus (2016-2019) and the Conservative Caucus Liaison to the LGBTQ2+ community.
Karen was raised on a turkey and hog farm in Sparta, Ontario and remains connected to her rural roots in Southern Ontario. Prior to entering politics, she owned and operated a small business in London, Ontario and worked alongside MP Joe Preston as his Executive Assistant for 11 years. Karen is married to Mike and they have 5 children.