Senator for the Australian Capital Territory
Shadow Minister for Small Business and Financial Services
Manager of Opposition Business (Senate)
Katy is a strong local voice for the nation’s capital and is passionate about standing up for the ACT.
Katy’s career began in the community sector working for People First ACT, an organisation providing advocacy and support to individuals with an intellectual disability. She has also been a project worker for Woden Community Service working with children with disabilities and worked as an Industrial Organiser for Commonwealth public servants at the CPSU.
Katy entered politics when she was elected to the ACT Legislative Assembly in 2001. She was appointed a minister in 2002 serving in the ACT cabinet for the next 12 years across various portfolios including as Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Heath, Minister for Education, Community Services and Women. In May 2011, Katy was elected as Chief Minister of the ACT and she served for over three years.
In December 2014, she resigned as Chief Minister to take up a casual vacancy as Senator for the Australian Capital Territory. In October 2015, Katy was appointed to Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness and Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader on State and Territory Relations. In July 2016, Katy was appointed as Shadow Minister for Small Business and Financial Services.
Katy currently lives in North Canberra with her partner and three children.