Senator Bridget McKenzie
Proud and passionate about regional Australia, Bridget McKenzie is The Nationals Senator for Victoria.
Bridget’s family has lived and worked in regional Victoria for generations. Growing up with the traditional rural influences of small business, sport and agriculture, Bridget is firm in her belief that strong regional economies and secure regional communities are critical to the future prosperity of our great nation.
Her experiences as a parent, secondary school teacher and university lecturer have fuelled Bridget’s passion for education and our youth. She is committed to improving opportunities for young Australians, no matter where they live.
Bridget’s penchant for research and evaluation fits well with her role in the Senate, where she is an active member of several Senate committees. This enables her to hear evidence from members of the public and consider policy matters across a broad range of portfolios.
A netball fan and general sports enthusiast, Bridget is proud to promote healthy, active lifestyles and community connectedness through grassroots sport.
As a senator dedicated to those who live and work outside the cities, Bridget has established her office in the geographical centre of Victoria, Bendigo.
Elected to the Senate for Victoria 2010 (term began 1.7.2011).
The Nationals Whip in the Senate (appointed September 2013)
Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Community Affairs: Legislation and References Committees from 1.7.11; Environment and Communications: Legislation and References Committees from 1.7.11 to 20.9.12; Education, Employment and Workplace Relations: Legislation Committee from 23.8.11 to 20.9.12 and References Committee from 23.8.11.
Joint Standing: Parliamentary Library from 1.7.11; Treaties from 12.9.12
Junior Vice-President, The Nationals (Vic.) 2006-09.
Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament
BAppSc (Human Movement), BTeach (Secondary)(Deakin).
Lecturer, Faculty of Education, Gippsland Campus, Monash University 2009-10.
Secondary mathematics and physical education teacher 2005-09.