Born in Grand Bank, Newfoundland and Labrador, Her Honour Judy May Foote (née Crowley) attended John Burke High School in Grand Bank and is a graduate of Memorial University. Her Honour is a former teacher, journalist and communications director and served as a member of the House of Assembly and as a Member of the Parliament of Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education from Memorial University and an Honours Diploma in Radio, Television, Journalism Arts from Lambton College.
Prior to serving in politics Her Honour taught school in Grand Bank and St. John’s before working in television journalism with the CBC’s public affairs program “Here & Now”; was the Director of University Relations with Memorial University; and, the Director of Communications for the Office of the Premier, Newfoundland and Labrador.
Her Honour was a member of the House of Assembly of Newfoundland and Labrador representing the District of Grand Bank for 11 years. She served as Minister of Development and Rural Renewal; Minister of Industry, Trade and Technology; Minister of Education; and, Minister of Industry, Trade and Rural Development.
In 2008 Her Honour was elected as a Member of Parliament representing the riding of Random-Burin-St. George’s and was re-elected in 2011. She served as Deputy House Leader and Whip. In October 2015 Her Honour was re-elected to the new riding of Bonavista-Burin-Trinity. On November 4, 2015, she was named to the Federal Cabinet as the Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada and Receiver General of Canada and held this position until taking a leave of absence in April 2017 to return home to be with her family.
In August 2017 Her Honour announced her retirement as a Member of Cabinet and a Member of Parliament to remain in Newfoundland and Labrador with her family.
Contributing to community has always been a priority for Her Honour. She is a mentor for cancer patients and has volunteered with the Girl Guides of Canada, the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, the organization currently known as the Vera Perlin Society, and the United Nation Children’s Fund.
Her Honour and her husband, His Honour Howard Foote, have three children and four grandchildren.