Federal Member for Parkes
Mark was first elected to the House of Representatives for the seat of Parkes, New South Wales, in 2007. He has since been re-elected in 2010, 2013 and 2016.
Mark is proud to have been elected to the position of Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives in August, 2016.
During his time in the Federal Parliament, Mark has held the positions of Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Ageing and the Voluntary Sector, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Water and Conservation and Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Development and Emerging Trade Markets and was the Nationals’ Chief Whip from September 2010 to May, 2016.
Mark has also served on numerous parliamentary committees since entering Federal Parliament in 2007. He is currently Chair of the Standing Committee on Publications and a member of the following committees:
- House of Representatives Standing Committee on Appropriations and Administration;
- House of Representatives Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs;
- House of Representatives Selection Committee;
- Joint Committee on the Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings; and
- Joint Committee on Publications.
Prior to his election to the House of Representatives, Mark was the Mayor of Gwydir Shire Council from 2004 until 2007.
Mark has an extensive agricultural background having spent 30 years as a farmer and grazier. Mark and his wife Robyn owned and operated a mixed farming system growing cereal crops and running beef cattle.
The electorate of Parkes covers an area of 393 413 square kilometres - which is 49% of NSW and has an economy based on agriculture and mining.
As the Federal Member for Parkes, Mark represents one of the largest Aboriginal populations in the Australian Parliament.
When Parliament is not sitting, Mark and his wife Robyn cover large distances travelling from community to community to meet with their constituents.