Mark Mitchell (politician)
|Member of the New Zealand Parliament
30 November 2011
|Preceded by||Lockwood Smith|
22 May 1968 |
|Political party||National Party|
|Relations||Frank Gill (grandfather)|
He was in the New Zealand Police for thirteen years from 1989 to 2002, including time as a dog handler. After leaving the police, Mitchell worked for eight years as a private security contractor and spent time in Iraq, including the siege of the Italian-run An Nasiriyah compound in Southern Iraq by the Mahdi militia in 2004.
Member of Parliament
|Parliament of New Zealand|
|2011 – 2014||50th||Rodney||59||National|
|2014 – present||51st||Rodney||42||National|
In 2014, Nicky Hager's book Dirty Politics presented evidence which suggested that Mitchell had hired political strategist Simon Lusk during the National Party selection process for the Rodney electorate. Lusk appeared to have collaborated with blogger Cameron Slater to discredit Mitchell's opponents, particularly Brent Robinson. Mitchell strongly denies ever paying Lusk or Slater.
He is currently Chairperson of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee and a member of the Government Administration Committee.
- The Dominion Post. 17 March 2012. p. C3.
- In the line of duty Sunday Star Times, 27 March 2011
- Hager, Nicky (2014). "5. Simon Lusk's Plan". Dirty Politics. footnote 43. ISBN 9781927213360.
- National selects Mark Mitchell for Rodney stuff.co.nz, 26 April 2011
- Chang, Derek (26 August 2014). "Disclosures disgust defeated candidate". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
- "Mark Mitchell". parliament.nz. New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
- Peggy Bourne weds National Party politician New Zealand Herald, 13 November 2011
- Mark Mitchell MP official website
- Profile on National party website
- Profile on the New Zealand Parliament website
|New Zealand Parliament|
|Member of Parliament for Rodney