Ryan Smith (Australian politician)
|Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
25 November 2006
|Preceded by||Phil Honeywood|
2 April 1969 |
|Political party||Liberal Party of Australia|
Ryan James Smith (born 2 April 1969) is an Australian politician. He has been a Liberal Party of Australia member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly since 2006, representing the electorate of Warrandyte. He was Minister for Environment and Climate Change and Minister for Youth Affairs from 2010 to 2014, serving in both the Baillieu and Napthine governments.
Smith was born in Greensborough and was educated at Lilydale High School. He worked in various roles in financial services prior to entering politics, including as a treasury officer for North Limited from 1989 to 1992, a currency dealer for the National Australia Bank from 1992 to 1994, a treasury officer for BP Finance from 1994 to 1999, a finance officer for Orica from 1999 to 2000, a foreign exchange specialist for Suncorp Metway from 2000 to 2002, and as a manager with the Commonwealth Bank from 2003 to 2006.
Smith was elected to the Legislative Assembly at the 2006 state election, succeeding retiring veteran Liberal MP Phil Honeywood. He was shadow parliamentary secretary for environment and the arts from 2008 to 2009, before being promoted to the shadow ministry, serving as Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations and Shadow Minister for Manufacturing from 2009 to 2010.
Upon the Liberal-National victory at the 2010 election, Smith was appointed Minister for Environment and Climate Change and Minister for Youth Affairs. Smith lost his ministerial responsibilities following the defeat of the Liberal-National coalition at the Victorian state election, 2014.
|Victorian Legislative Assembly|
|Member for Warrandyte