Ted Arnott was born in Fergus in 1963. He grew up in Arthur, where his family was in the heavy construction industry.
Educated at local public schools, Ted later attended Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo. There he completed the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) and a Diploma of Business Administration, all the while working summers and part-time during the school year.
After finishing university, Ted worked as Executive Assistant to Jack Johnson, MPP until Mr. Johnson’s retirement from provincial politics in 1990.
First elected to the Ontario Legislature in September 1990 as MPP for Wellington, Ted has been re-elected seven times. Once the youngest MPP in the Ontario PC Caucus, he is now one of the longest serving Members in the House.
Ted has always sought to put his constituents first. Serving on both the Opposition and Government sides of the House over the years, he has always demonstrated a willingness to work across party lines to get things done. He has advocated successfully for many major infrastructure projects in his Riding, including a brand new hospital. Many of his Private Member’s Bills and Resolutions have been passed into law or adopted as government policy.
Looking to the future, Ted believes that when the COVID-19 pandemic is over, Ontario will be poised to rebuild and prosper again. Our communities will be stronger, more caring, and more resilient than ever before.
Ted and his wife Lisa live in Fergus. Lisa teaches French Immersion at James MacQueen Public School. They have three adult sons.