John Ormond Kennedy

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John Ormond Kennedy

Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
for Hawthorn
Assumed office
24 November 2018
Preceded byJohn Pesutto
Personal details
John Ormond Kennedy

1947/1948 (age 71–72)
Sydney, New South Wales
Political partyLabor Party
ResidenceHawthorn, Melbourne
Alma materUniversity of Sydney, University of Melbourne
OccupationTeacher, Principal

John Ormond Kennedy is an Australian politician and member of the Australian Labor Party. He was elected as member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly in November 2018, representing the seat of Hawthorn.

Kennedy succeeded incumbent Liberal MP John Pesutto in November 2018. He is only the second Labor member ever to win this traditional blue-ribbon Liberal seat, and the first in 63 years.

Kennedy worked as a teacher before entering politics, and served as the founding principal of Loyola College for over twenty years.[1] He stood in the 2013 federal election for the blue-ribbon Liberal seat of Kooyong, losing to Liberal incumbent Josh Frydenberg.

Kennedy is a member of ABC Friends (previously Friends of the ABC), Labor for Refugees, and Labor for a Republic and a monthly contributor to Médecins Sans Frontières and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.


Kennedy holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney, Bachelor of Education from the University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Theology from the United Faculty of Theology of the Melbourne College of Divinity and a Master of Educational Leadership from Australian Catholic University.

Kennedy began his career as a teacher at St. Ignatius College from 1969-75 while working as Assistant Housemaster at Sydney Church of England Grammar School from 1970-75. He began as Dean of Studies at St. Mary's College in 1976, while also serving as Deputy Principal of St. Columba's College.

Kennedy graduated from the Sydney University Squadron as a Pilot Officer in 1970 and was promoted to Flight Lieutenant in RAAF Active Reserve in 1978. 

Kennedy served as the founding Principal of Loyola College, working at the school from 1979-2008.

Kennedy worked as a consultant for non-profit organisations, including work in leadership, governance and management in the education sector before being elected to Victorian Parliament in November 2018.

Personal life[edit]

Kennedy was born in Sydney in 1947,attended Loreto Convent Kirribilli in 1953-55 and St Aloysius College in 1956-65 and moved to Melbourne in 1976.

Kennedy lives in the eastern suburb of Hawthorn with his wife Bronwyn Lane, and has two children and one grandchild.


  1. ^ Green, Antony (2018). "Hawthorn". Victorian State Election 2018. Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Parliament of Victoria
Preceded by
John Pesutto
Member for Hawthorn