Jason was born and raised in western Sydney where he attended Cabramatta Public School and Canley Vale High School before graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales. Before entering Parliament he worked as a Senior Adviser to NSW Premier Bob Carr and as an executive at Transurban, one of Australia's top 100 companies.
Jason was elected as the Federal Member for Blaxland in 2007 and became a Minister in 2010. In March 2013 he was appointed to Cabinet.
"Our education system is the most powerful cause for good in this country. Run well, it can ensure that every child has the opportunity to reach their potential. It is the great equaliser in an unequal world. If we are serious about equal opportunity for men and women, for rich and poor, for indigenous and multicultural Australia, then let it begin with the youngest Australians."
He joined the Australian Labor Party because of its commitment to improving the lives of working Australians, particularly through education. Jason is the Patron of Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN), the Bankstown City Relay for Life, the Bankstown Sports Club and the Bankstown RSL. He also sits on the Executive Committee of St Jude's Men's Refuge.