David Tkachuk was summoned to the Senate on June 8, 1993 by the Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney. He sits as a member of the Conservative Party of Canada representing Saskatchewan. Senator Tkachuk has participated actively in over 40 election campaigns, at both the provincial and federal levels. From 1982-1986, he was Principal Secretary to Saskatchewan Premier Grant Devine. Since his Senate appointment, Senator Tkachuk has been a member of various Upper Chamber committees, but has focused his efforts particularly in the areas of government financial policy and departmental spending; the banking industry; corporate affairs, including governance and regulatory matters; as well as agricultural and environmental policy and aboriginal issues. He and his wife Sharon have been married since 1965. They have two children.