Mike Horan

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Mike Horan

Leader of the Opposition of Queensland
In office
2 March 2001 – 4 February 2003
Preceded byRob Borbidge
Succeeded byLawrence Springborg
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Toowoomba South
In office
18 May 1991 – 24 March 2012
Preceded byClive Berghofer
Succeeded byJohn McVeigh
Personal details
Michael James Horan

(1944-07-01) 1 July 1944 (age 74)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Political partyLiberal National Party
Other political
National Party
RelationsTim Horan (son)
Alma materUniversity of Queensland
OccupationGeneral Manager, Farmer

Michael James Horan, AM (born 1 July 1944)[1] is a former Australian politician who represented the seat of Toowoomba South in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland from 18 May 1991 to 24 March 2012. Originally he was a member of the National Party of Australia, but follow its merger he is now a member of the Liberal National Party of Queensland until his retirement.[2]

Political career[edit]

Horan entered politics at the 1991 by-election.[3] He replaced property developer and Toowoomba Mayor Clive Berghofer, who had previously held the seat for the National Party until the state's electoral laws were amended to prevent simultaneous service in state parliamentary and local government authority positions.[4] Mike Horan served as Health Minister in the Borbidge Government 1996–98

Horan was made leader of the National Party and Opposition from 2 March 2001 until 4 February 2003 after Rob Borbidge's retirement from politics.[1] He was replaced as leader by Lawrence Springborg after he failed to gain ground on Peter Beattie.[5]

He became a member of the Liberal National Party of Queensland in 2008 and served in the Queensland Parliament as Shadow Attorney-General, Shadow Minister for Justice and Racing, Shadow Minister for Open Government between 30 September 2008 and 5 April 2009.[1] On 6 April 2009, he was appointed to the position of Opposition Whip.[6]

Horan stood down at the 2012 state election.

Prior to parliament[edit]

Prior to entering parliament, Horan was employed as the General Manager of the Royal Agricultural Society of Queensland and General Manager of the Toowoomba Greyhound Racing Club.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Horan captained the Australian Universities rugby union team, and played for the Parramatta Eels rugby league team in Sydney from 1968 to 1970, before moving to Gympie, Queensland to run a dairy farm.[7]

Horan is married with two sons and a daughter.[3] His son, Tim Horan, is a former Australian rugby union footballer.[3][8]


  1. ^ a b c d "Former Members". Parliament of Queensland. 2015. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  2. ^ Willacy, Mark (28 July 2008). "Liberals and Nationals merge Qld National Party leader Lawrence Springborg and Liberals leader Mark McArdle Liberals and Nationals merge". ABC.
  3. ^ a b c Franklin, Matthew (1 February 2003). "Horan reign tipped to end". Courier-Mail.
  4. ^ Johnstone, Craig (25 July 2001). "ON with the SHOW". Courier Mail.
  5. ^ Horan announces Vote on Leadership| ABC News
  6. ^ O'Brien, Chris (6 April 2009). "Langbroek unveils Qld shadow cabinet". ABC News. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  7. ^ Mayne, Stephen (22 July 2008). "Vic v's NSW, sporting MP's, UniTab, James Strong, ABC Learning". Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  8. ^ "Horan fills spot on new-look board". The Chronicle. 15 July 2009.
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Clive Berghofer
Member for Toowoomba South
Succeeded by
John McVeigh
Political offices
Preceded by
Peter Beattie
Minister for Health
Succeeded by
Wendy Edmond
Party political offices
Preceded by
Rob Borbidge
Leader of the National Party in Queensland
Succeeded by
Lawrence Springborg