Greg Byrne was born April 14, 1960, in Harvey, N.B., and he is the son of Marion Doyle and Paul Byrne.
Following graduation from Fredericton High School, he attended St. Thomas University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1984. He received a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of New Brunswick in 1987.
He was executive assistant to the minister of Advanced Education and Labour until 1989, when he commenced the practice of law. A former partner in the law firm of Whitehead, Bird, Miles & Byrne, he is a member of the Law Society of New Brunswick, the Canadian Bar Association, and the York-Sunbury Barristers Society.
He was first elected to the Legislative Assembly on Sept. 11, 1995, to represent the new constituency of Fredericton-Fort Nashwaak. He subsequently was appointed legislative assistant to the Department of Economic Development and Tourism on Oct. 11, 1995. He is a member of the Standing Committee on Law Amendments, and chaired the Select Committee on Gasoline Pricing. He was appointed minister of state for Mines and Energy on July 21, 1997. On May 14, 1998, he was sworn in as minister of Justice and Attorney General.
He served as president of the St. Anthony's Parish Council and the St. Thomas University Alumni Association; chairman of the Fredericton Irish Gathering Committee and the By-laws and Governance Committee within the Region 3 Hospital Corporation Board of Trustees; secretary of the Fredericton City Club, and he was a founding member of the Associates of the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick.
Mr. Byrne and his wife, Patti, have three children: Alex, Hilary and Andrew.