|Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
3 October 1992
|Preceded by||Terry Norris|
|Born||21 July 1963|
|Political party||Australian Labor Party|
John Pandazopoulos (born 21 July 1963) is a Victorian politician. He is a Member of the Legislative Assembly, representing the electorate of Dandenong for the Australian Labor Party. During the Bracks Government, he was a member of Cabinet, serving as Minister for Major Projects, Employment, Tourism, Gaming and Racing. He was also Minister assisting the Premier on Multicultural Affairs.
He divorced his first wife with whom he has had two children. He has since remarried.
Pandazopoulos was born in Melbourne in 1963. He grew up in the outer suburb of Doveton, where he attended Doveton High School. He gained admission to Monash University in 1982, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts. While at university, he was active in student politics, serving as Secretary of the Monash Student Association as well as having an active role in NUGAS. One of his contemporaries in student politics was John Lenders, who was Treasurer of Victoria.
At age 29, Pandazopoulos was elected to the Victorian Parliament as Member for Dandenong. While the Labor Party was in Opposition from 1992–1999, he was appointed to a number of key roles, such as Shadow Minister for Freedom of Information and Tourism. When the Bracks Government was elected in 1999, Pandazopoulos became a member of the Victorian Cabinet as Minister for Major Projects, as well as Minister for Gaming and Minister assisting the Premier on Multicultural Affairs. He was dropped from Cabinet after the 2006 Victorian election, and has since served as Chair of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee.
- re-member - Parliament of Victoria
- Ironman MP John Pandazopoulos announces he won't recontest the seat of Dandenong, Dandenong Leader, 27 November 2013.
|Victorian Legislative Assembly|
|Member for Dandenong