Spencer Chandra Herbert
Spencer Chandra Herbert is the Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly for Vancouver’s West End and Coal Harbour communities.
Prior to becoming an MLA Spencer was an award-winning artist and performing arts producer and was an elected Vancouver Park Board Commissioner from 2005 to 2008.
First elected Provincially in 2008 as the youngest MLA in the Legislature, Spencer continues his long-term advocacy for renter’s rights, environmental stewardship, dedication to the LGBTQ2S+ and Arts community, and accessibility to his constituents. You can regularly find him setting up his mobile office on street corners in the West end and Coal Harbour to take questions and suggestions from community members.
Spencer is best known for leading the successful fight to get transgender people protected under BC’s Human Rights Code, standing up against illegal evictions and massive rent increases, advocating for wild salmon protection, and promoting Arts, Culture and Tourism in BC.
His work to reduce homelessness led to the founding of Vancouver’s Rent Bank and he currently sits on the BC Government’s Mental Health, Addictions, Housing and Homelessness committee. Spencer’s work in the legislature also restored government funding to thousands of charities through gaming grants, and to the BC Arts Council.
As a self-proclaimed nerd for parliamentary procedure and institutional reform, Spencer is happily serving as the Deputy Speaker in the Legislature where he moderates debates, mentors colleagues, and works to modernize government processes.
Off the clock, Spencer can be found singing karaoke, watching Drag Race, and hiking and camping along with his husband Romi and 5-year-old son Dev.