|Senator for Western Australia|
1 July 1996
29 June 1954 |
|Political party||Australian Labor Party|
Thomas Mark Bishop (born 29 June 1954), has been an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian Senate representing the state of Western Australia since July 1996. He was born in Adelaide, South Australia and was educated at the University of Adelaide and Harvard University. He was an industrial officer and union secretary before entering politics.
Bishop has been Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs 2001–04, Shadow Minister for Customs 2003–04 and Shadow Minister for Defence Industry, Procurement and Personnel 2005–2006.
In December 2006, Bishop announced that he would not recontest his Senate seat, due to expire on 30 June 2008. However, before the 2007 he decided to recontest and was re-elected for a further six-year term.
In the Rudd Labor Government, Senator Bishop is Chair of the Senate Standing Committee for Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, as well as being a member of a number of other Joint House and Senate committees.
He has announced that he will not seek pre-selection for another term in the Senate because he is intending to retire.
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