Rob Mitchell (Victorian politician)

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Rob Mitchell
MP
Member of the Australian Parliament
for McEwen
Assumed office
21 August 2010
Preceded by Fran Bailey
Personal details
Born (1967-09-09) 9 September 1967 (age 49)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Political party Australian Labor Party
Domestic partner Lisa
Children 1

Robert George "Rob" Mitchell (born 9 September 1967) is an Australian politician. He has been an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives since August 2010, representing the electorate of McEwen. He was previously a member of the Victorian Legislative Council from 2002 to 2006.

Mitchell was born in Melbourne, Victoria. He was a Labor member of the Victorian Legislative Council from 2002 to 2006, representing Central Highlands Province. He stood unsuccessfully for the province as the Labor candidate at 1999 Victorian state election,[1] before winning it at his next attempt at the 2002 state election.[2] The province was abolished in 2006 with the reform of the Legislative Council. Mitchell stood unsuccessfully as the Labor candidate for the Victorian Legislative Assembly seat of Benalla at the 2006 state election.[3]

At the 2007 federal election, Mitchell was the Labor candidate for the seat of McEwen, a hybrid urban-rural seat encompassing Labor-friendly territory in north Melbourne and more conservative rural areas to the north of the capital. He had initially been announced as the winning candidate, defeating the sitting Liberal member Fran Bailey by a mere seven votes. However, after a recount this margin was reduced to five. A subsequent recount requested by the Liberal Party, overturned this result with Mitchell instead losing by 12 votes.[4] The Court of Disputed Returns later increased this margin to 27 votes.

Mitchell won McEwen following Bailey's retirement at the 2010 federal election. Mitchell's win was one of only two gains for Labor at the election. Ahead of the 2013 federal election, McEwen was pushed further into Melbourne. However, Mitchell weathered a nine-point swing against former Liberal MLC Donna Petrovich.

By the time the 2016 Double Dissolution election was called, Mitchell has solidified his presence in McEwen, and had become well-known for keeping every election commitment he had made in previous campaigns. In contrast, Chris Jermyn, the Liberals candidate of choice for McEwen, ran a scandal ridden campaign. Through his popular local support and hard fought election campaign, Mitchell not only retained the seat of McEwen, but pushed his margin over 7%,[5] the highest margin obtained since the seat was formed.

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Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Fran Bailey
Member for McEwen
2010–present
Incumbent