Scott Ryan (Australian politician)

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Senator The Honourable
Scott Ryan
Special Minister of State
Assumed office
19 July 2016
Preceded by Mathias Cormann
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cabinet
Assumed office
24 January 2017
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
Preceded by Himself (as Minister Assisting the Cabinet Secretary)
Minister Assisting the Cabinet Secretary
In office
15 September 2015 – 24 January 2017
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
Preceded by new title
Succeeded by Himself (as Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cabinet)
Minister for Vocational Education and Skills
In office
18 February 2016 (2016-02-18) – 19 July 2016
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
Preceded by Luke Hartsuyker
Succeeded by Karen Andrews (as Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills)
Senator for Victoria
Assumed office
1 July 2008
Personal details
Born (1973-08-28) 28 August 1973 (age 43)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Spouse(s) Helen Stitt
Children 1
Alma mater University of Melbourne

Scott Michael Ryan (born 28 August 1973) is an Australian politician. He has been a Senator representing the state of Victoria for the Liberal Party of Australia since the 2007 federal election. Ryan has served as the Special Minister of State since July 2016 and the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cabinet since January 2017 in the Turnbull Government.[1]

Biography[edit]

Ryan was born on 28 August 1973 in Brisbane, Queensland,[2][self-published source?] and grew up in Essendon, Victoria.[2] He was educated at St Kevin's College, Melbourne[2] and graduated from the University of Melbourne, with a Bachelor of Arts.[2] While at university, he served as President of the Melbourne University Liberal Club and was a member of the Australian Liberal Students' Federation, where he is a life member.[3]

He started his career as a tutor of political science at St Mary's College, a constituent college of the University of Melbourne.[2] He then worked in corporate affairs for pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline.[4][5] He also worked as a speechwriter and political advisor.[2] In 2008, he was a Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs in Melbourne.[2]

Political career[edit]

Ryan was a member of the executive of the Victorian Division of the Liberal Party, holding the office of Vice President.[2] He has been a Liberal member of the Australian Senate since July 2008, representing the state of Victoria.[2] He was elected to serve a six-year term in the Senate at the 2007 federal election, after being preselected in the third position on the Coalition ticket in Victoria.[2] In 2016, he was again elected to serve a six-year term, at the expense of Derryn Hinch.

Following the 2013 federal election that resulted in the formation of the Abbott Ministry, Ryan was appointed as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education;[6] later expanded as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education and Training.[7] Ryan served as the Minister for Vocational Education and Skills following a rearrangement in the First Turnbull Ministry, between February and July 2016.[8][9] Ryan was appointed the Special Minister for State in the first arrangement of the Second Turnbull ministry and gained additional responsibilities as the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cabinet in a subsequent rearrangement.[1]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Helen.[2] They have a son and reside in Melbourne.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "New federal ministers officially sworn in". Sky News. Australia. AAP. 24 January 2017. Retrieved 24 January 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Biography". Official website. Scott Ryan. [self-published source?]
  3. ^ "ALSF Life Members". Australian Liberal Students' Federation. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Schubert, Misha (19 June 2006). "Costello's crew power ahead on road to Senate". The Age. Retrieved 1 January 2008. 
  5. ^ "Candidate for Victoria Mr Scott Ryan". Liberal Party of Australia, Victorian Division. Retrieved 1 January 2008. 
  6. ^ "Abbott Ministry" (PDF). Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Commonwealth of Australia. 18 September 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Tony Abbott's revamped Ministry sworn in at Government House". news.com.au. News Corp Australia. 23 December 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  8. ^ Massola, James (13 February 2016). "Cabinet reshuffle: Malcolm Turnbull announces new frontbench as Mal Brough resigns". The Age. Retrieved 13 February 2016. 
  9. ^ "Ministerial Swearing-in Ceremony". Events. Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia. 18 February 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2016. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Luke Hartsuyker
Minister for Vocational Education and Skills
2016
Succeeded by
Karen Andrews
as Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills
Preceded by
Mathias Cormann
Special Minister of State
2016–present
Incumbent
New title Minister Assisting the Cabinet Secretary
2016–present
Succeeded by
Himself
as Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cabinet
Preceded by
Himself
as Minister Assisting the Cabinet Secretary
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cabinet
2017–present
Incumbent