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CONAGHAN, Patrick (Pat) JohnBiography for CONAGHAN, Patrick (Pat) John

Member for Cowper (NSW)

The Nationals

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Cowper, New South Wales, 2019. Re-elected 2022.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Industry, Innovation, Science and Resources served from 4.7.2019 to 24.8.2021; Industry, Innovation, Science and Resources served as Chair from 25.8.2021 to 11.4.2022; Social Policy and Legal Affairs served from 2.8.2022 to 9.8.2022; Social Policy and Legal Affairs served as Deputy Chair from 10.8.2022 to present

Joint Select: Road Safety served from 24.10.2019 to 25.2.2020; Road Safety served as Chair from 26.2.2020 to 9.11.2020; Road Safety served from 13.5.2021 to 25.5.2021; Road Safety served as Chair from 26.5.2021 to 26.8.2021; Road Safety served from 11.3.2022 to 25.3.2022

Joint Standing: Electoral Matters served from 7.12.2020 to 11.4.2022

Joint Statutory: Law Enforcement served from 4.7.2019 to 11.4.2022; Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity served from 4.7.2019 to 11.4.2022

Parliamentary Party Positions

Shadow Assistant Minister for Social Services from 5.6.2022.

Shadow Assistant Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence from 5.6.2022.

Party Positions

Secretary of the Coalition Policy Committee on Infrastructure, Regional Development and Population from 4.7.2019.

Member of the Coalition Policy Committee on Health and Aged Care from 4.7.2019.

Member of the Nationals Policy and Initiative Committee from 4.7.2019.


Born: 31.1.1971, Kempsey, Australia

Gender: Male

Marital Status: Married

Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

LLB (University of New England).

DipLegPrac (College of Law, NSW).

Constable in the Police Force (NSW) from 1990 to 1993.

Crime Squad Police Detective (NSW) from 1993 to 1997.

Police Force Prosecutor (NSW) from 1997 to 2001.

Solicitor from 2001 to 2019.

Local Government Service

Councillor, North Sydney Local Council from 2003 to 2007.


Name: Cowper

Location: Cowper covers an area from Port Macquarie in the south to Coffs Harbour in the north. The main towns include Bellingen, Bowraville, Coffs Harbour, Crescent Head, Dorrigo, Gladstone, Hat Head, Kempsey, Macksville, Nambucca Heads, Sawtell, South West Rocks, Port Macquarie, Ulong and Urunga.

Area: 7,296 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 124,340 (at 7.6.2019)

Industries: Fishing, forestry, agriculture, bananas, dairy cattle and tourism.