Jim Chalmers has been the Member for Rankin since 2013, proudly representing the people and suburbs of southern Brisbane and Logan City where he was born, grew up and made a home with Laura, Leo, Annabel, and Jack.
After the 2019 election Jim was appointed Shadow Treasurer.
He first joined the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Minister for Finance from 2016 to 2019. From 2015 to 2016 he was Shadow Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation, Shadow Minister for Sport and Shadow Assistant Minister for Trade, Investment and Productivity. He was also Shadow Assistant Minister for Resources in 2016 after a stint as Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition, and for Trade and Investment.
Before Jim’s election to Parliament, he was the Executive Director of the Chifley Research Centre and prior to that, Chief of Staff to the Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer.
He has a PhD in political science and international relations and a first class honours degree in public policy, and is a qualified company director.
Jim is also a member of the Griffith University Logan Campus Development Advisory Group; the Griffith University School of Government and International Relations Advisory Board, and the Board of Advisors at the Center for Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Studies at Georgetown University in Washington D.C.
Jim’s most recent book, Changing Jobs: the Fair Go in the New Machine Age, is co-authored with Mike Quigley and was published in 2017.
His earlier book about the Global Financial Crisis, Glory Daze, was released in July 2013.