Warren was born and raised in Canberra where he attended school and studied a Bachelor of Arts Degree at the Australian National University. After gaining a Diploma in Education from Murdoch University, he moved to the Northern Territory to work as a teacher.
Warren’s experience as a research worker and a teacher in the Northern Territory made him very passionate about the Northern Territory region, and he remains determined to deliver key Labor reforms in employment and education for the diverse peoples of his electorate.
“The seat of the Northern Territory has a proud Labor tradition… I place on record my indebtedness to the people whose support for me and the Australian Labor Party in the last election has been rewarded with a system of government that is both practical and concerned for their welfare.”
After co-authoring several papers, a book on Indigenous culture and education, and working as a senior policy officer at the Central Land Council in Alice Springs, Warren was elected to Parliament in 1987.
In the previous Labor Government, Warren served as Minister for Veteran’s Affairs, Defence Science and Personnel, Indigenous Health, and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on the Centenary of ANZAC.
He now serves as Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for External Territories, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern Australia and Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Indigenous Affairs.
Warren and his wife Elizabeth live in Alice Springs where they have been for more than 30 years, having raised four children. Warren is an avid sports enthusiast, and a lifetime supporter of the Geelong Cats.