Dr. David Swann was elected to his first term as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for the constituency of Calgary Mountain View in November 2004, and re-elected to his second term in March 2008. He was elected as Leader of the Official Opposition of Alberta in December 2008 and stepped down in February 2010. Dr. Swann was re-elected to his third term as MLA of Calgary Mountain View in April 2012. He was named interim Leader of the Alberta Liberal Opposition in February 2015, and was elected once again to his fourth—and current—term in May of the same year.
Dr. Swann graduated from the University of Alberta with his B.MSc. in 1971; with his M.D. in 1973; and from the University of Calgary with his FRCP(C) in 1988. He practiced as a family physician from 1975 to 1984 and then as a public health consultant from 1988 to 2004.
Dr. Swann is active within his community and was responsible for initiating the Healthy City Project in Calgary in 1987. He was also a part of developing the first pesticide-free park in Calgary in 1998, and has been involved in a number of anti-sanctions and anti-war movements from 1995 to 2004, which included three trips to Iraq.
In 2004, Dr. Swann authored a chapter in the publication "Finding My Voice for Peace" (from Canada and the New American Empire, ed. George Melnyk). Dr. Swann was also honoured with the Gold Star Teaching Award by the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary in both 1999 and 2003.
Dr. Swann and his wife, Laureen, have three children and eleven grandchildren. During his free time he enjoys peace and justice work, music, jogging, woodworking, and writing.