Andrew Gee (politician)

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Andrew Gee

Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Orange
In office
26 March 2011 – 30 May 2016
Preceded byRussell Turner
Succeeded byPhilip Donato
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Calare
Assumed office
2 July 2016
Preceded byJohn Cobb
Personal details
Born
Andrew Robert Gee

(1968-09-13) 13 September 1968 (age 50)
Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia
NationalityAustralia
Political partyNational Party
Spouse(s)Christina (Tina) Gee
ChildrenAmanda, Alexandra, Samuel, Jonathan
ResidenceOrange, New South Wales
Alma materThe University of Sydney
OccupationSolicitor and barrister

Andrew Robert Gee (born 13 September 1968[1]), an Australian politician, is a member of the Australian House of Representatives, having represented Calare for the National Party since 2016. He was previously a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Orange from 26 March 2011 until he resigned to run for federal politics.

Early years and background[edit]

Originally from Maitland, Gee studied Economics (where he passed with Honours in Government) and Law at the University of Sydney.[2] He commenced practice as a solicitor and moved to Hong Kong where he spent three years licensing consumer products and promotions for international entertainment companies, in partnership with his family.[2] He returned to Australia in 1999 and became a barrister in 2003. Together with his wife and young children, Gee moved to Orange in 2005.[3]

His legal practice is in the fields of civil litigation and family law, and has offices in Queen's Square Chambers in Orange and Sydney.[2]

Political career[edit]

Following an earlier announcement that the Nationals' sitting member for Orange, Russell Turner, would not be seeking re-election, Gee was endorsed by the National Party as its candidate in June 2010, after a pre-selection battle with three other candidates.[4]

At the March 2011 election, Gee was elected and received a swing of 12.5 points towards the Nationals in the traditionally strong Nationals seat, winning 74.2% of the two-party vote.[5] Gee's main competitor was John Davis, an independent candidate, Mayor of Orange, former Councillor on Blayney Shire Council, and local car dealer.

On 30 April 2016, Gee was preselected by the National Party to contest the seat of Calare at the 2016 federal election,[6] and resigned from his state seat before the federal election, leaving the electoral district of Orange vacant.[7] The by-election to fill the vacancy was not held until 12 November 2016.

Gee won the seat of Calare at the federal election on 2 July 2016.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mr Andrew Robert GEE, BEc(Hons), LLB (1968 - )". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "About us". Barrister at Law. Andrew Gee. 2011. Retrieved 2 April 2011.
  3. ^ "Andrew Gee – Candidate for Orange". The Nationals team. National Party. 2010. Archived from the original on 15 March 2011. Retrieved 2 April 2011.
  4. ^ Shields, Bevan (7 June 2010). "Gee leads new generation of Nats". Central Western Daily. Retrieved 2 April 2011.
  5. ^ Green, Antony (31 March 2011). "Orange". NSW Votes 2011. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2 April 2011.
  6. ^ "Andrew Gee wins prized pre selection for Federal seat of Calare". Wellington Times. 30 April 2016. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  7. ^ CETINSKI, DANIELLE (6 June 2016). "No Orange byelection date announced: Andrew Gee gone but electorate office open". Central Western Daily. Retrieved 18 November 2016.

Other links[edit]

New South Wales Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Russell Turner
Member for Orange
2011–2016
Succeeded by
Philip Donato
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
John Cobb
Member for Calare
2016–present
Incumbent