Jennifer Kanis

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Jennifer Kanis
Jennifer Kanis 2012.jpg
Kanis in 2012
Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
for Melbourne
In office
21 July 2012 – 29 November 2014
Preceded by Bronwyn Pike
Succeeded by Ellen Sandell
Personal details
Born (1970-04-16) 16 April 1970 (age 47)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Davydd Griffiths
Residence Flemington
Alma mater University of Melbourne
La Trobe University
Occupation Teacher
Profession Lawyer

Jennifer Kanis (born 16 April 1970) is an Australian politician. She was the Australian Labor Party member for Melbourne in the Victorian Legislative Assembly between 2012 and 2014.

Kanis was born in Melbourne to migrant parents—a Greek father and Italian mother.[1] She studied an Arts degree at the University of Melbourne, and also gained postgraduate qualifications in education.[2] She worked as an English and literature teacher, and then enrolled to study industrial law at La Trobe University. After graduation, she took a job with Holding Redlich—the law firm founded by former Victorian Labor leader Clyde Holding—and became a senior associate of the firm. In 2008, she was elected as a member of the Melbourne City Council.[3]

In 2012, Kanis was preselected as the Labor candidate for the Melbourne by-election triggered by the resignation of Bronwyn Pike. Kanis retained the seat for Labor on a 51.5 per cent (–4.7) two-candidate vote against Australian Greens candidate and fellow Melbourne City councillor Cathy Oke. At the 2014 election Greens candidate Ellen Sandell defeated Kanis with a 52.4 per cent two-candidate vote.


  1. ^ Savage, Alison (18 July 2012). "Labor, Greens ready to face-off in by-election". ABC News. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Jennifer Kanis – Workplace Relations, Holding Redlich.
  3. ^ Alumni profile: Jennifer Kanis, La Trobe University.

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Victorian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Bronwyn Pike
Member for Melbourne
Succeeded by
Ellen Sandell