Geoff Howard

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Geoff Howard
Geoff Howard.jpg
Geoff Howard, 2010
Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
for Ballarat East
Incumbent
Assumed office
18 September 1999
Preceded by Barry Traynor
Personal details
Born (1955-11-08) 8 November 1955 (age 58)
Geelong
Political party Australian Labor Party
Website home.vicnet.net.au/~ghoward/

Geoffrey Kemp "Geoff" Howard (born 8 November 1955) is an Australian politician. He has been an Australian Labor Party member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly since 1999, representing Ballarat East.

Life and work[edit]

Howard was born at Geelong, Victoria, and attended public schools in Belmont and Geelong. He received a Bachelor of Agricultural Science in 1977 from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma of Education in 1979 from State College Rusden. He became a secondary school teacher at Kaniva from 1980–82, moving to Ballarat in 1982. He joined the Australian Labor Party in 1987, and was elected to Ballarat City Council in 1989. He was mayor from 1993–94 but left the council in 1994, only to return in 1996.[1]

Howard left the council in 1999 after he was preselected as the Labor candidate for the Liberal-held seat of Ballarat East prior to the 1999 state election. Howard defeated sitting MP Barry Traynor to win the seat, and has held it since. He was immediately appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment in 1999, moving to Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture in 2002. In 2006 he lost his parliamentary secretary position, and is currently the Chair of the Education and Training Committee.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Parliament of Victoria (2008). "Howard, Geoffrey ("Geoff") Kemp". re-member: a database of all Victorian MPs since 1851. Parliament of Victoria. Retrieved 8 April 2009. 
Victorian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Barry Traynor
Member for Ballarat East
1999–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent