In 1993, at the age of 25, Christopher Pyne was elected to the House of Representatives for the seat of Sturt.
Christopher is the Minister for Defence and Leader of the House of Representatives.
In his time in Parliament, Christopher was also Minister for Defence Industry, responsible for delivering the $200 billion build up of Australia’s military capability, the largest in our peacetime history.
Christopher has also served as Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, developing and delivering the National Innovation and Science Agenda, a transformative economic plan to encourage Australians to embrace risk and commercialise their ideas.
Spending two years as Minister for Education and Training, Christopher, amongst other things, reformed the National Curriculum, introduced compulsory literacy and numeracy testing for Australian teaching graduates and expanded phonics teaching in remote schools in northern Australia.
In addition to these Cabinet positions he has also served as Minister for Ageing and Parliamentary Secretary for Health in the Howard Government. As Parliamentary Secretary for Health he founded “headspace: the Youth Mental Health Initiative” in 2006.
Christopher is the author of “A Letter to my Children”, published by Melbourne University Press in 2015.
Before entering Parliament, Christopher practised as a solicitor.
Christopher is a member of many community, social, and sporting groups in his electorate, and is an Adelaide Crows Ambassador and supporter of the Norwood Redlegs Football Club!
Christopher is married to Carolyn and is the proud father of Eleanor, Barnaby, Felix and Aurelia.