Jake Daniel Stewart was elected to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick in the 2010 provincial election. He represents the electoral district of Southwest Miramichi Bay du Vin as a member of the Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick. Stewart was born in Newcastle, New Brunswick, and spent much of his summers fishing along the main Southwest Miramichi River and the Bartholomew River.
During his school years, he was actively involved in various activities. He was a member of the Blackville School’s soccer team and theatre group and became Vice President of the student council during his senior year. After leaving high school, Stewart attended Junior College at NBCC’s Miramichi campus. He went on to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from St. Thomas University in 2003, while taking social studies courses in the Secondary Education field at the University of Maine in Presque Isle.
Stewart entered municipal politics in 2008 and was elected Councillor in his hometown of Blackville. In April 2010, he won the Progressive Conservative nomination in the provincial electoral district of Southwest Miramichi Bay du Vin. Five months later, Stewart became the first ever Blackville-born MLA.
In September of 2018, Stewart was re-elected MLA for Southwest Miramichi-Bay du Vin and was named the first Minister of the newly designated Department of Aboriginal Affairs.
Stewart lives in Blackville with his wife and four children River, Roman, Leia and Meadow. He recorded his first studio album in 2011 and is the founder of “The Josie Foundation”, a non-profit incorporated Foundation whose aim is to establish, receive and maintain a fund for the relief of economic hardship for individuals (families) within the Miramichi area, who may be encountering financial difficulty as a result of a life threatening illness. The Foundation is run by volunteers relying solely on the generous support of donations from the general public and business communities. The mission statement, recited by Robert Ingersoll, is “We rise by lifting others”.