State: elected to the Victorian Legislative Council for North Western from 30.11.2002 to 24.11.2006.
State: elected to the Victorian Legislative Council for Northern Victoria from 25.11.2006. Resigned 26.5.2016.
Federal: elected to the House of Representatives for Murray, Victoria, 2016.
State: Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Development (Vic) from Dec. 2010 to Mar. 2014.
Minister for Sport and Recreation (Vic) from Mar. 2014 to Dec. 2014.
Minister for Veterans' Affairs (Vic) from Mar. 2014 to Dec. 2014.
Federal: Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister from 20.12.17.
House of Representatives Standing: Health, Aged Care and Sport from 14.9.16
Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 14.9.16; Migration from 14.9.16.
House Select Committee on Regional Development and Decentralisation from 13.6.17.
Parliamentary party positions
State: Deputy Leader of the Nationals (Legislative Council) (Vic) from Dec. 2002 to Mar. 2014.
The Nationals Whip (Legislative Council) (Vic) from Dec. 2002 to Nov. 2014.
Leader of the Nationals (Legislative Council) (Vic) from Mar. 2014 to May 2016.
Born 28.7.1960, Shepparton, Vic.
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
Qualified Carpenter and Joiner.
Proprietor, Garages ‘N’ Sheds, 1987–93.
Assistant Coach, Sydney Football Club, 1994–98.
Senior Coach, Fremantle Football Club, 1999–2001.
Member, Victorian Legislative Council (North Western and Northern Victoria), 2002–16. (For further information, see Parliamentary Service, Ministerial appointments and Parliamentary party positions, above).