|Member of the New Zealand Parliament
5 March 2011
|Preceded by||Pansy Wong|
10 December 1985 |
Ross was brought up by his grandmother as his mother was "not in the best space to raise a child", and he has never met his father who descends from the Māori iwi of Ngāti Porou. He attended Dilworth School, a boarding school for pupils from difficult backgrounds, then Pakuranga College, but left without formal qualifications. He holds a commercial pilot's licence from April 2012, having trained at Ardmore Flying School. He has also studied towards a politics and economics degree at the University of Auckland.
His wife, Lucy Schwaner, was a member of the Howick Local Board. Schwaner was reelected to the Howick Local Board in 2016, but when she failed to be chosen as chairperson after being sworn-in she quit, triggering a $104,000 by-election.
|2010–2011||Howick||Citizens & Ratepayers|
In 2010, he ran in the Auckland local elections for a place on the new Auckland Council, winning a seat in the Howick ward. He was subsequently elected co-leader of the Citizens & Ratepayers ticket, who form the opposition on the council. He resigned from the Council on 7 March 2011, after winning election to parliament.
Member of Parliament
|Parliament of New Zealand|
|2014 – present||51st||Botany||29||National|
On 27 January 2011, the National Party selected Ross as their candidate for the Botany by-election, which was held following the resignation of Pansy Wong. On 5 March 2011, he won the by-election with 54.66% of the vote and a majority of 3,996. Upon his swearing into Parliament Ross became the youngest Member of Parliament, taking the title of Baby of the House from Gareth Hughes, a Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand List MP.
Following the February 2013 reshuffle, Prime Minister John Key appointed Ross as the Third Whip for the National Party. New guidelines from Parliamentary services allowed larger parties to employ a Third Whip along with a Junior Whip Tim Macindoe and a Chief Whip Louise Upston. Ross remains seated with Backbench Caucus colleagues but gains additional salary and is usually seen in the Whip's chairs if both of the other Whips are out of Parliament.
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- Refer to talk page
- "No Plan B for Botany's young gun". The New Zealand Herald. 5 February 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2011.
- Smith, Simon (23 January 2013). "Chairman fails in attempt to dump deputy". Auckland Now. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
- "Nats and Labour make choices for Botany". TVNZ. 27 January 2011.
- Orsman, Bernard (12 October 2010). "Defeated but defiant: right wing's new faces hint at old-style politics". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 17 October 2010.
- Howick councillor Jami-Lee Ross resigns scoop.co.nz, 7 March 2011
- "Members of Parliament: Current MPs". Retrieved 3 June 2013.
- "House Seating Plan: Debating Chamber" (PDF). Retrieved 3 June 2013.
|New Zealand Parliament|
|Member of Parliament for Botany