Assistant Minister Jenny McAllister has served as a Senator for New South Wales since 2015, representing the Australian Labor Party. She was born in Murwillumbah and grew up on the north coast of NSW. Senator McAllister is married to NSW MLC John Graham and they have two children.
Senator McAllister’s professional career spans senior roles in both the public and private sectors, with a strong focus on infrastructure, environment management and climate change. Before joining the Australian Senate, she held various senior roles at AECOM, a global infrastructure firm.
Senator McAllister served as National President of the Labor Party between 2011 and 2015. She was previously the Shadow Cabinet Secretary, Shadow Assistant Minister to the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and Shadow Assistant Minister for Communities and the Prevention of Family Violence.
Climate change and environmental management remain key areas of interest for Senator McAllister. She was co-founder of the Labor Environmental Activist Network (known as LEAN). Senator McAllister is passionate about managing the economy to achieve social justice and social inclusion, and better outcomes for climate and sustainability.