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Jack Charles Klein was born on July 13, 1935 in Weyburn, Saskatchewan to Charles Klein and Josephine Kotowicz. He attended St. Joseph School, Holy Rosary School, and Campion College High School in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Prior to his entry into politics, Klein worked in Regina as an insurance salesman, real estate agent and small business manager.
Klein was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1982 and served as the Progressive Conservative member for the Regina North (1982-1986) and Regina South (1986-1991) constituencies. Klein served in the Grant Devine Government as Minister of Tourism and Small Business (1983-1985); Minister of Urban Affairs (1986-1989); Minister of Trade and Investment (1989-1990); Minister of Consumer and Commercial Affairs (1990-1991); and Minister of Human Resources, Labour and Employment (1991).
Klein was Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Economic Development Corporation (1983-1985); SaskExpo 86 Corporation (1984-1985); Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (1986-1989, 1990-1991); Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency (1986-1989); Local Government Board (1986-1989); Provincial Planning Appeals Board (1986-1989); Wakamow Valley Authority (1986-1989); Wascana Centre Authority (1986-1989); Saskatchewan Government Growth Fund Management Corporation (1989-1990); Saskatchewan Municipal Board (1989); Agricultural Implements Board (1990); Saskatchewan Gaming Commission (1990-1991); Labour Relations Board (1990-1991); Workers' Compensation Board (1990-1991); Workers' Advocate (1990-1991); Minimum Wage Board (1990-1991); and Saskatchewan Telecommunications (1991).
Klein ran in the Regina Albert South constituency in the 1991 provincial general election and was defeated by Serge Kujawa (NDP).
Klein married Shirley Tokalski on September 1, 1956. They have five children: Mark, Catherine, Bradford, Luke and Michael.