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Mark McGowan (Labor)

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Mark McGowan

Political Career

Mark McGowan was elected as Western Australia's 30th Premier of Western Australia on 17 March 2017. In the 2017 State Election, WA Labor won 41 Legislative Assembly seats.

Mark was the Leader of the Opposition from 23 January 2012 to 17 March 2017. Mark was the Deputy Mayor of Rockingham before winning the State seat of Rockingham in December 1996.

In the years since his election to the Western Australian Parliament, Mark has held many senior portfolios in both Government and Opposition. He was Parliamentary Secretary to former Premier Geoff Gallop (2001-2005) and has served as a Minister in the portfolios of Education and Training (2006-2008); Environment (2006); Racing and Gaming, Tourism and South West (2005-2006).

Along with the role of Premier, Mr McGowan also holds the portfolios of Public Sector Management, State Development, Jobs and Trade, Federal-State Relations from 17 March 2017.

Personal Background

Mark McGowan was born in Newcastle, New South Wales on 13 July 1967. His parents ran small businesses and educated their two sons at public schools.

Mark studied arts and law at the University of Queensland and began his career in public service in the Royal Australian Navy, going on to serve as a Lieutenant at HMAS STIRLING. Mark is still a member of the Navy Reserves and was awarded the Governor General's Commendation for Bravery for actions he took in 1995 rescuing an unconscious driver from a burning car.

When Mark arrived in Western Australia in 1991, he was struck by the magnificent climate, the unique natural environment and the opportunity that Western Australia provided to its people. He benefited from those opportunities and was determined to give something back to the home that had given him so much.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.