Brent was born in Melville, Saskatchewan in 1964. After graduating from Melville Comprehensive School in 1982, Brent obtained Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of Saskatchewan. In between degrees, he was a Ministerial Assistant to a Senior Saskatchewan Cabinet Minister.
Brent began his legal career in Calgary, articling with the law firm Milner and Steer (now Fraser Milner Casgrain). Thereafter, he practiced law in Red Deer as a Litigator with Sisson Warren Sinclair. In 1994, Brent moved to Edmonton where he specialized in litigation.
Brent entered public life in 2001 when he became the Member of the Alberta Legislature for Edmonton-Calder. During his Legislative career, Brent chaired the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Review on behalf of the Alberta Legislature and sat on two Alberta Government Labour Code Review Committees.
Brent was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2001.
Brent gained a reputation as an advocate for victims’ legal rights during the contentious 2003 debate concerning automobile insurance reform.
After the 2004 provincial election, Brent returned to private life and the practice of law. In March 2005, Brent became the Executive Director of the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCAC), an industry association of industrial contractors, who believe in progressive labour relations with their employees.
Shortly after assuming his Parliamentary duties following the 2008 election, Brent was appointed to the House of Commons Standing Committees on “Justice and Human Rights” and “Public Safety and National Security”. On these committees, he worked tirelessly to promote laws to provide safe streets and safe communities and to enhance the rights of victims of crime. Following his re-election in 2011 Brent was re-appointed to both the Justice and Public Safety Committees. In February 2013, Brent was appointed to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.
Brent served as a Volunteer on the Board of Directors of “Chrysalis: An Alberta Society for Persons with Disabilities”.
Brent was an original Steel Founder and supporter of the St. Albert Steel, before their move to Whitecourt prior to the 2012-2013 AJHL Season. Brent has served as a guest public address announcer for the Edmonton Prospect Junior Baseball Club and in 2013 will do the play-by-play for Prospect home games in the WMBL.
He is also an Edmonton Eskimo Season Ticket holder.
In his spare time, Brent enjoys sports, fitness, music, reading and writing.
On June 5th, 2013, Brent resigned from the Conservative caucus. He now sits as an independent.