Joe Francis (politician)

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The Honourable
Joe Francis
MLA
Member of the Legislative Assembly
of Western Australia
Assumed office
6 September 2008
Preceded by None (new seat)
Constituency Jandakot
Personal details
Born (1954-10-07) 7 October 1954 (age 61)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Political party Liberal

Joseph Michael "Joe" Francis (born 11 December 1970) is an Australian politician who has been a Liberal Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia since 2008, representing the seat of Jandakot. He has been a minister in the government of Colin Barnett since March 2013.

Early life[edit]

Francis was born in Sydney, New South Wales, to Robyn Caroline Mitchell and Charles Henry Francis. He attended Saint Ignatius' College, Riverview, and after leaving school joined the Royal Australian Navy. He served in the navy from 1989 to 1994, and subsequently worked as a political staffer for several years.[1] Francis moved to Western Australia in 2000, operating a small business. He re-enlisted in the navy in 2002, and served as a navigator and warfare officer with the RAN Submarine Service, initially aboard HMAS Farncomb and later as an instructor at a training centre.[2]

Politics[edit]

In 2008, Francis left the navy in order to run for parliament at the 2008 state election. He was elected to the newly created seat of Jandakot, which had been created with a notional majority for the Labor Party.[3] In June 2012, Francis was appointed parliamentary secretary to the Minister for Finance, the Minister for Commerce, and the Minister for Small Business. After the 2013 state election, where he increased his majority in Jandakot, Francis was elevated to the ministry, becoming Minister for Emergency Services, Minister for Corrective Services, and Minister for Veterans. In August 2013, he was also made Minister for Small Business. He relinquished that position to Sean L'Estrange in a reshuffle in March 2016, but was made Minister for Fisheries instead.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Joseph Michael Francis – Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  2. ^ HON Joe Francis MLA: Biography – Government of Western Australia. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  3. ^ Jandakot (Key Seat), 2008 Western Australian Election, Antony Green's Election Guide. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  4. ^ Hon. Joseph (Joe) Michael Francis MLA – Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
Parliament of Western Australia
New seat Member for Jandakot
2008–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Troy Buswell
Minister for Emergency Services
2013–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Murray Cowper
Minister for Corrective Services
2013–present
Incumbent
New creation Minister for Veterans
2013–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Liza Harvey
Minister for Small Business
2013–2016
Succeeded by
Sean L'Estrange
Preceded by
Ken Baston
Minister for Fisheries
2016–present
Incumbent