Ken Jasper

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Ken Jasper
Member of the Victorian Parliament
for Murrary Valley
In office
20 March 1976 – 27 November 2010
Preceded by Bill Baxter
Succeeded by Tim McCurdy
Personal details
Born Kenneth Stephen Jasper
(1938-06-05) 5 June 1938 (age 78)
Rutherglen, Victoria, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party National
Alma mater Wangaratta Technical College
Profession Motor mechanic
Religion Uniting

Kenneth Stephen "Ken" Jasper AM (born 5 June 1938) is a former Nationals member for Murray Valley in the Victorian Legislative Assembly. He was first elected in 1976 and announced his retirement from the Legislative Assembly effective from the 2010 Victorian Legislative Assembly election.[1]


He joined the family automotive business as an apprentice motor mechanic and spray painter.[2]

Ken Jasper entered Parliament in 1976,[1][2] succeeding Bill Baxter who, because of a redistribution, stood for the neighbouring seat of Benambra. Jasper went on to win the subsequent 10 elections. In the November 2006 Victorian Legislative Assembly election he won all 29 booths in the electorate of Murray Valley.[2]

On 24 August 2009, he announced his intention to retire at the 2010 Victorian Legislative Assembly election.[1]



On 11 June 2012, Jasper was named a Member of the Order of Australia for "service to the Parliament of Victoria, and to the community of the Murray Valley, through advocacy and support roles for the performing arts, multicultural, transport, health and emergency service organisations."[4]

Personal life[edit]

Jasper married Annette Joy Griffiths on 2 January 1971 and together they have two children, Leigh and Sally.


  1. ^ a b c "Retiring Jasper talks of his legacy". The Border Mail. Fairfax. 24 August 2009. Retrieved 24 August 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c Thomas, Di (24 August 2009). "Jasper tipped to retire at next poll". The Border Mail. Fairfax. Retrieved 24 August 2009. 
  3. ^ Ken Jasper MLA, Member for Murray Valley - Jasper supports Oaklands rail line upgrade
  4. ^ "Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia - The Queen's Birthday 2012 Honours Lists" (PDF). Official Secretary to the Governor-General of Australia. 11 June 2012. p. 122. Archived from the original (pdf) on 19 June 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
Victorian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Bill Baxter
Member for Murray Valley
Succeeded by
Tim McCurdy