A graduate of Holland College, Paul joined the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) in 1985. Over the years he served in a variety of roles including with patrol services, criminal investigation, community policing and media relations. He served on the executive of the RNC Association until his retirement from the force in 2010.
Paul has always been an active community leader and has served on a variety of local, regional and national boards and executives.
Paul started political life at the municipal level, serving as councillor and later deputy mayor in his home town of Conception Bay South.
In 2010, Paul was elected as the Member of the House of Assembly for the District of Topsail. He was elevated to cabinet in 2011 and has served as minister in a number of portfolios including Service NL, Transportation and Works, Housing, Health and Community Services, and Child, Youth and Family Services.
Paul served as the 12th Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador from September 2014 to December 2015.
Beginning in December 2015, Paul is serving the people of Newfoundland and Labrador as the Leader of the Official Opposition.
Paul has been widely recognized for his public service, being named the Crime Stoppers Police Officer of the Year and the Conception Bay South Citizen of the Year. He is a recipient of the Canada 125 Medal, Queen’s Jubilee Medal and Police Exemplary Service Medal.
A devoted family man, Paul resides in the Topsail District with his wife Cheryl and son Andrew.