John Eren

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John Eren
Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
for Lara
Assumed office
25 November 2006
Preceded by Peter Loney
Personal details
Born (1964-03-15) 15 March 1964 (age 50)
Izmir, Turkey
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Geraldine Eren
Children 5
Residence Geelong, Australia
Profession Politician

John Hamdi Eren (born 15 March 1964) is a Turkish-Australian politician. He was an Australian Labor Party member of the Victorian Legislative Council from 2002 to 2006, representing Geelong Province. He is currently a member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly representing the electoral district of Lara.[1]

Early Years[edit]

Eren was born in İzmir, Turkey. He came to Australia in 1970 and studied at a high school in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. He has worked in a number of different fields, including on an assembly line in a car factory, as a security officer, small business owner and administrative assistant. In 1997, he took on a position as an electorate officer for then-federal shadow environment minister Kelvin Thomson, which he held until receiving Labor preselection for the seat of Geelong Province at the 2002 election.[1]

Political Career[edit]

Though it was widely thought that he would face a difficult contest against Liberal sitting member and shadow minister Ian Cover, Eren won comfortably, which reflected a landslide swing to Labor across the state. His first term in parliament has seen him as a relatively low-profile backbencher, serving on the Road Safety Committee. He won the Legislative Assembly electorate of Lara at the 2006 state election, after long-serving MP Peter Loney retired.[1] Loney stepped down when it became clear that Eren had more support and would win any preselection challenge.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ a b c "John Eren (Lara)". Members Information. Parliament of Victoria. Retrieved 20 December 2011. 
Victorian Legislative Council
Preceded by
Ian Cover
Member for Geelong Province
Succeeded by
Seat abolished
Victorian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Peter Loney
Member for Lara
Succeeded by