Paul Merriman was first elected to the Saskatchewan legislature in the 2011 provincial election. He was re-elected in 2016.
Born and raised in Toronto, Paul moved to Saskatchewan with his family in 1988. His father, Ted Merriman, served as the MLA for Saskatoon Northwest for one term from 2003 to 2007. His father’s involvement piqued his interest in politics.
Paul has lived and worked in Saskatoon since 1994. Recently, he was the executive director of the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre. During his tenure with the food bank, Paul worked diligently to increase funding and decrease costs. Prior to his employment with the food bank, he was employed with SaskEnergy for eight years setting up a province-wide salvage operation of used material. He has also operated two small businesses.
Paul was appointed Government Whip on May 21, 2015, and also sits on the Privileges Committee, the House Services Committee, and the caucus Management Committee.
Paul and his wife, Leane Durand, a small business owner, have four children.