James Merlino

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The Honourable
James Merlino
MP
27th Deputy Premier of Victoria
Assumed office
4 December 2014
Leader Daniel Andrews
Preceded by Peter Ryan
Minister for Education
Assumed office
4 December 2014
Leader Daniel Andrews
Preceded by Martin Dixon
Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
for Monbulk
Assumed office
30 November 2002
Preceded by Steve McArthur
Personal details
Born (1972-08-17) 17 August 1972 (age 44)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Alma mater The University of Melbourne

James Anthony Merlino (born 19 August 1972) is an Australian politician serving as the member for Monbulk in the Victorian Legislative Assembly, as a member of the Australian Labor Party. He has been Deputy Premier of Victoria and Minister for Education since December 2014.

Merlino was elected at the 2002 state election defeating Steve McArthur. Merlino comfortably retained his seat at the state election in 2006 and became the Minister for Sport and Recreation and Youth Affairs, securing a place in cabinet. Under new Premier John Brumby's government he retained that ministry and gained a new role as Minister Assisting the Premier on Multicultural Affairs.[1] He subsequently became Police Minister following the resignation of the previous Minister.

When the ALP lost government in the 2010 state election, Merlino became Shadow Minister for Police, the TAC and Road Safety. In February 2012, he was elected unopposed as Deputy Leader of the Labor Party in Victoria, following the resignation of Rob Hulls, becoming deputy leader of the opposition[2]

With the election of the Andrews Labor Government in late 2014, Merlino became Deputy Premier and Education Minister.[3] On 10 June 2016, Merlino also became Minister for Emergency Services following the resignation of Brunswick MP Jane Garrett from the Andrews Ministry. [4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "John Brumby's new Cabinet". Herald Sun. 3 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-03. 
  2. ^ "Merlino becomes deputy leader of Vic ALP". The Sydney Morning Herald. 1 February 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  3. ^ Parliament of Victoria - Members and Ministers February 25, 2016 Retrieved 25 May 2016
  4. ^ "James Merlino to replace Victorian Emergency Services Minister Jane Garrett". Ninemsn. 11 June 2016. Retrieved 12 June 2016. 

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Victorian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Steve McArthur
Member for Monbulk
2002–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Peter Ryan
Deputy Premier of Victoria
2014–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Martin Dixon
Minister for Education
2014–present
Preceded by
Jane Garrett
Minister for Emergency Services
2016–present
Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation
2016–present
Party political offices
Preceded by
Rob Hulls
Deputy Leader of the Australian Labor Party
in Victoria

2012–present
Incumbent