Pat Conroy has represented the Lake Macquarie region in Federal Parliament since 2013.
Having been elected to Parliament in 2013 as the Member for Charlton representing the western suburbs of Lake Macquarie and Newcastle, he was re-elected as the Member for Shortland in 2016 following a redistribution of electoral boundaries by the Australian Electoral Commission, and re-elected again in 2019.
The seat of Shortland stretches from Charlestown and Kahibah in the North, Cardiff, Boolaroo and Speers Point in the West and through to Budgewoi, San Remo and Lake Munmorah in the South. Pat has lived in this community for most of his life – he grew up on the Central Coast and now lives in Lake Macquarie, where he and his wife are raising their two young children.
Pat joined the Labor party when he was 15 years old. He studied Economics at the University of Sydney and has worked developing economic policy in the mining and manufacturing industry. He spent six years as an economic adviser in the areas of climate change, industry and defence.
Pat is Shadow Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Shadow Minister Assisting for Climate Change, and Shadow Minister Assisting for Defence.
From 2013-2016, he held the positions of Shadow Assistant Minister for Climate Change and Energy and Shadow Assistant Minister for Infrastructure.
Shadow Assistant Minister for Climate Change and Energy (2016-2019)
Deputy Chair, House of Representatives Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy (2016 – present)
Deputy Chair, House of Representatives Standing Committee of Privileges and Members’ Interests (2016 – present)
Standing Committee of Privileges and Members’ Interests (2016 – present)
Member, Speaker’s Panel (2015-16)
Deputy Chair, Joint Select Committee on Trade and Investment Growth (2015-16)
Chair, Labor’s Waste Watch Committee (2014-16)
Member, House of Representatives Economics Committee (2013-16)
Deputy Chair, Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit (2013-16)