Senator Reynolds was elected to the Australian Senate in 2014 and is a passionate representative for her state of Western Australia. She has more than 20 years’ experience at the national political level working for Ministers, Members of Parliament and the Liberal Party of Australia. Senator Reynolds served for 29 years in the Australian Army as a Reserve Officer in a wide range of part and full time appointments. She also has corporate experience.
Key career appointments include: Chief of Staff to the Minister for Justice and Customs, Project Director with Raytheon Australia, Deputy Federal Director of the Liberal Party of Australia, Commanding Officer of a Combat Service Support Battalion and Adjutant General of Army, the Chief of Army’s key governance advisor. Senator Reynolds was the first woman in the Australian Army Reserves to be promoted to the rank of Brigadier and was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross. She has completed a Master of Arts (Strategic Studies).
On March 2, 2019 Senator Reynolds was sworn in as Minister for Defence Industry and Minister for Emergency Management and North Queensland Recovery in the Morrison Government.
Before her Ministerial appointment, Senator Reynolds was a member of nine Parliamentary committees and the Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters, the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade, the Defence Sub-Committee and the Senate Publication Committee.
She chairs the Australia-Indonesia parliamentary friendship group and co-chairs the Parliamentary Friends of Defence, Friends of Australian Books and Writers, Friends of Australia-Indonesia and Friends of Disability. Senator Reynolds is pursuing new defence and space industry opportunities for WA, innovation, gender equality and federation reform.