Jake Daniel Stewart (born March 10, 1978) is a Canadian politician who was elected to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick in the 2010 provincial election. He represents the electoral district of Southwest Miramichi as a member of the Progressive Conservatives.
Stewart was born in Newcastle, New Brunswick, to Danny and Cindy Stewart of Blackville. A typical river boy, his father was a logger and his mother a homemaker. He learned the art of fly fishing at a young age, and spent much of his summers fishing for Atlantic salmon along the main Southwest Miramichi River and Bartholomew River. Stewart was actively involved in various activities during his school years; in addition to being Vice President of the student council during his senior year at Blackville School, he was also a member of the school’s soccer team and theatre group.
After leaving high school, Stewart attended Junior College at NBCC’s Miramichi campus. He then went on to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from St. Thomas University in 2003, and also took social studies courses at the University of Maine at Presque Isle in the Secondary Education field.
Stewart entered municipal politics in 2008, running for office in his hometown of Blackville, and was elected Councillor. Next, in April 2010, he sought the Progressive Conservative nomination in the provincial electoral district of Southwest Miramichi, successfully taking it on the first ballot. Just five months later, Stewart defeated incumbent Liberal MLA Rick Brewer, who at that time was the Minister of Human Resources, in a landslide victory. This makes him the first ever Blackville-born MLA in the history of the New Brunswick Legislature.
At the Legislative Assembly, Stewart is a member of the Standing Committees on Private Bills, Procedure, Education, and Public Accounts. He has also been appointed by the Minister of Education to sit on the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Positive Learning and Working Environment (Anti Bullying).
Stewart is married, and together with his wife has four children. He recorded his first studio album in 2011, at Fluid Audio Group in Saint John; it was produced by Andrew MacRae and Mathieu Benoit.