Biography

John Alexander, known as “JA” across the nation, was elected to Parliament in 2010 as a firm believer in opportunity and individual endeavour. Combined with a strong discipline these values laid the foundations for his success as a touring professional tennis player.

JA rose to #8 in the international singles rankings, and #2 in doubles, winning 7 singles and 27 doubles titles. He represented Australia from 1968-83, including leading the victory in the 1977 Davis Cup Final in Sydney. In 1978 JA played the first ever professional tennis match in China, against Bjorn Borg in Guandong.

After retiring as a player JA worked as a television sports commentator for Channel Seven and BBC, held the positions of Chair of Player Development for Tennis Australia and Coach of the Federation Cup Team which included 2011 US Open Winner Samantha Stosur. In 1992, he received an Order of Australia Medal for his services to tennis.

A passion for public health led JA to manage a variety of sport-related small businesses and the development of multi-activity sports centres as the Managing Director of Next Generation Clubs Australia. This role included the construction of the Ryde Aquatic Centre for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The Centre provides health and recreation services to over one million visitors every year.

Since his election to Parliament as Liberal Member for Bennelong in 2010, JA has balanced his local duties with a role leading the Liberal Party Sustainable Cities Policy Taskforce and Chair of the Vision 2020 Policy Group. He also established the bi-partisan Parliamentary Friends of Medicines Group and Parliamentary Friends of Rail Group which invite industry leaders to present emerging issues, research and opportunities to parliamentarians.

JA has increased his majority in the General Election of 2013 and in 2016 he had the biggest swing towards the government in NSW. In December 2017 he fought a bi-election and retained the seat against former Premier Kristina Keneally.

Since his election to Government in 2013, JA has been appointed to the following positions:

  • Chair, Parliamentary Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities
  • Former Chair, Parliamentary Committee on Economics
  • Former Chair, Parliamentary Committee on Tax & Revenue
  • Chair, Coalition Policy Committee on Infrastructure & Regional Development
  • Chair, Coalition Policy Committee on Tourism
  • Chair, Australia – East Asia Parliamentary Network
  • Chair, Australia – Republic of Korea Parliamentary Group
  • Chair, Sydney Airport Community Forum

Most importantly, JA is the proud father of Emily, Georgia and Charlie. He lives in Epping.

More Labor division.

Jan 28

Same old Labor.

Jan 28

In the middle of a global pandemic, Labor is focused on itself.

Jan 28

Lots of kids will be heading back to school this week, and some will be starting for the first time. Wishing them all (and their mums and dads) a happy first day. 2020 was a really tough year for our children with #COVID19 causing lots of interruption and uncertainty. We still face many more challenges this year but here’s hoping 2021 will be a better year. Good luck also to all those students heading into Year 12 and their final year of school. Here’s a throwback photo of me in my Clovelly Public School uniform back when I was aged around 5. I have many fond memories of my time at Clovelly. I remember my teachers so well. Mrs Hitchings in K, Miss Gould in 1st Class and Mrs O’Connor in 2nd class.

Jan 27