West coast MHA Eddie Joyce, who was first elected to the house of assembly in 1989, has been selected by the Liberal caucus to serve as Opposition leader.
Dwight Ball, who is running for the Liberal leadership, resigned from the post.
"I’m thrilled to take over the position as Opposition leader," Joyce said in a statement.
"It’s a responsibility that I take very seriously and am looking forward to continuing to serve the people of Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as the residents of my district, the Bay of Islands."
After Joyce’s election in 1989, he stepped aside to allow Premier Clyde Wells, who did not win a seat, to run in his district in a byelection.
Joyce worked as a political staffer until winning a seat again in 1999. He was re-elected in 2003, but defeated in the Tory blue wave of 2007.
In 2011, Joyce ran again and won.
Critic roles to change
The Liberals say Opposition critic roles will also change. Details of those moves will be announced at a later date.
There are five candidates for the provincial Liberal leadership.
The party will pick a new leader in November.