January 25 2006 - September 6 2008
Alan Carpenter was born in Albany, Western Australia, on January 4 1957.
He is married to Annmarie and they have four daughters. Alan was educated at Albany Senior High School (matriculated 1974).
After graduating from the University of Western Australia with an Arts degree (politics) in 1979, he returned to Albany and began a career as a journalist with the Albany Advertiser newspaper.
He worked for TVW Channel 7, Perth and also ABC TV as a State political reporter.
In 1992, he became the 7.30 Report's Presenter in WA and later presented the ABC's Stateline program.
In April 1996, he resigned from the ABC and gained ALP endorsement for new state seat of Willagee. He won the seat in December 1996.
Over the next four years he had the Shadow portfolios of Disability Services, Sport & Recreation, Family & Children's Services, Education and Drugs.
He became Minister for Education, Sport & Recreation and Indigenous Affairs in February 2001.
He became the Minister for Education and Training in June 2003.
Following the Gallop Government's re-election in February 2005, he became the Minister for State Development and Energy.
Alan Carpenter was sworn in as Western Australia's 28th Premier on January 25 2006 and replaced September 6 2008 by Colin Barnett after Labor was defeated in the general election.