Russell Wortley

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The Honourable
Russell Wortley
MLC
President of the South Australian Legislative Council
Assumed office
6 May 2014
Preceded by John Gazzola
Member of the South Australian Legislative Council
Assumed office
18 March 2006
Personal details
Political party Australian Labor Party (SA)
Spouse(s) Dana Wortley

Russell Paul Wortley is an Australian politician who has served in the South Australian Legislative Council for the South Australian Branch of the Australian Labor Party since the 2006 election. He has served as President of the South Australian Legislative Council since the 2014 election.

Early life[edit]

Wortley worked as a plumber and gas fitter before being elected as a union official in 1984.[1] He is a former head of the Gas sub-branch of the Transport Workers Union in South Australia.[2] He was a councillor for the Fitzroy Ward of the Prospect City Council from 1987 to 1993.[1] He has served as a member of a number of government and community organisations including the Occupational Health and Safety Commission, the Workers Appeal Tribunal and the Industrial Relations Advisory Committee. He is a Justice of the Peace.[3]

Parliament[edit]

First elected at the 2006 election, Wortley was re-elected at the 2014 election for a second eight-year term.[4]

Policy interests include education, health, industrial relations, aged care, environment and natural resources.[3] Wortley has served in many committees and select committees, and served as Minister for Industrial Relations and State/Local Government Relations from 2011 to 2013.[4]

He has served as President of the South Australian Legislative Council since 6 May 2014.[4][5]

Personal life[edit]

Wortley is married to fellow state Labor politician Dana Wortley. They have one son.[1]

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Parliament of South Australia
Preceded by
Terry Cameron
Kate Reynolds
Ian Gilfillan
Ron Roberts
Julian Stefani
Member of the South Australian Legislative Council
2006–present
Served alongside: Multiple Members
Incumbent
South Australian Legislative Council
Preceded by
John Gazzola
President of the
South Australian Legislative Council

2014–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Patrick Conlon
Minister for Industrial Relations
2011–2013
Succeeded by
John Rau
Minister for State / Local Government Relations
2011–2013
Succeeded by
Gail Gago