Chris Hayes was first elected to the Federal Parliament in the seat of Werriwa in April 2005.
Since 2010, he has held the seat of Fowler.
Chris was born at Campberdown and grew up in Padstow.
He attended De La Salle College. He studied Personnel Administration at TAFE, followed by Sydney University, gaining a Graduate Diploma in Industrial Relations and Law.
Chris married Bernadette in 1976. They have two sons, a daughter, and are proud grandparents of ten.
Chris has had a career in representing working people and was formerly the Assistant National Secretary of the Australian Workers Union.
Later he acted as a Senior Adviser to the Police Federation of Australia.
He is respected as a human rights advocate, a member of Amnesty International, and Co-Chair of Parliamentarians Against the Death Penalty.
Chris is committed to the development of the necessary infrastructure and jobs in Western Sydney, particularly ensuring the local community benefits from the establishment of the Badgery's Creek Airport.
Chris is a member of the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade and is a member of its subcommittee on Human Rights.
Currently, Chris holds the position of Chief Opposition Whip.