Scott Ryan (politician)

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The Honourable Senator
Scott Ryan
Senator for Victoria
Assumed office
1 July 2008
Personal details
Born (1973-05-12) 12 May 1973 (age 42)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Spouse(s) Helen
Alma mater University of Melbourne

Scott Michael Ryan (born 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. 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;[1] later expanded as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education and Training.[2]


Early life[edit]

Scott Ryan was born on 12 May 1973 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.[3] He grew up in Essendon, Victoria.[3] He was educated at St Kevin's College in Melbourne.[3] He went on to graduate from the University of Melbourne, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree.[3] During that time, he served as President of the Melbourne University Liberal Club and a member of the Australian Liberal Students' Federation, where he is a life member.[4]


He started his career as a tutor of political science at St Mary's College, a constituent college of the University of Melbourne.[3] He then worked in corporate affairs for pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline.[5][6] He also worked as a speechwriter and political advisor.[3] In 2008, he was a Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs in Melbourne.[3]

He was a member of the executive of the Victorian Division of the Liberal Party, holding the office of Vice President.[3] He has been a Liberal member of the Australian Senate since July 2008, representing the state of Victoria.[3] 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.[3]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Helen.[3] They have a son and reside in Melbourne.[3]


  1. ^ "Abbott Ministry" (PDF). Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Commonwealth of Australia. 18 September 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Tony Abbott's revamped Ministry sworn in at Government House". (News Corp Australia). 23 December 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Official website: Biography
  4. ^ "ALSF Life Members". Australian Liberal Students' Federation. Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ Schubert, Misha (19 June 2006). "Costello's crew power ahead on road to Senate". The Age. Retrieved January 2008. 
  6. ^ "Candidate for Victoria Mr Scott Ryan". Liberal Party of Australia, Victorian Division. Retrieved January 2008. 

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