The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Biography
Jamie grew up in the River Murray town of Mildura with his mum, dad and sister, Kate. His dad was the local bank manager and his mum volunteered at the Catholic primary school.
He went to school at St. Joseph's College in Mildura where he excelled in cricket before moving to Adelaide to pursue dreams of playing for Australia.
After school, Jamie studied a Bachelor of Management at the University of South Australia. He has since undertaken post graduate studies in international relations.
Jamie has worked for Business SA where he assisted South Australian businesses to manage their workplaces. Following this he worked in state and federal politics including advising the former Prime Minister, the Hon. John Howard, OM, AC. In early 2006, he was appointed to a senior adviser's role in the Prime Minister's office; one of the youngest ever to hold that title.
In 2008, Jamie won a by-election held to replace the retiring Alexander Downer in the federal seat of Mayo. In September of that year, he became the 1061st person to be elected to the Federal Parliament.
In 2010, Jamie was appointed the Chairman of the Coalition's Scrutiny of Government Waste Committee; working with Tony Abbott to identify Labor's waste and mismanagement of taxpayers' money. Soon after he was appointed to the Coalition's Expenditure Review Committee which was tasked with reviewing government expenditure and identifying savings measures to pay down Labor's debt.
In September 2012, Jamie was appointed to the Coalition's front bench as the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Supporting Families.
Following the 2013 election, Jamie was appointed as the Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development in the first Abbott Ministry.
Jamie is a member of the South Australian Cricket Association, the Carlton Football Club and the Sturt Football Club. At a community level, he is a member of many organisations in the Mayo electorate, and is the patron of the Adelaide Hills Football League, among other community groups.
Jamie lives in Aldgate with his wife, Estée, and their three children Elka, Henry and Scarlett.