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Kate Jones
Minister for State Development
of Queensland
In office
11 May 2020 – 11 November 2020
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk
Preceded by Cameron Dick
Succeeded by Steven Miles
Minister for Innovation
of Queensland
In office
12 December 2017 – 11 November 2020
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk
Preceded by Leeanne Enoch
Succeeded by Stirling Hinchliffe
Minister for the Commonwealth Games
of Queensland
In office
10 February 2017 – 19 September 2019
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk
Preceded by Stirling Hinchliffe
Succeeded by Position abolished
Minister for Tourism
of Queensland
In office
16 February 2015 – 11 November 2020
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk
Preceded by Jann Stuckey
Succeeded by Stirling Hinchliffe
Minister for Education
of Queensland
In office
16 February 2015 – 11 December 2017
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk
Preceded by John-Paul Langbroek
Succeeded by Grace Grace
Minister for Small Business and Commonwealth Games of Queensland
In office
16 February 2015 – 8 December 2015
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk
Preceded by Jann Stuckey
Succeeded by Leeanne Enoch (Small Business) Stirling Hinchliffe
(Commonwealth Games)
Minister for the Environment, Resource Management and Climate Change of Queensland
In office
28 March 2009 – 20 June 2011
Premier Anna Bligh
Preceded by Andrew McNamara
Succeeded by Vicky Darling
Member of the Queensland Parliament for Cooper
In office
25 November 2017 – 31 October 2020
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by Jonty Bush
Member of the Queensland Parliament for Ashgrove
In office
31 January 2015 – 25 November 2017
Preceded by Campbell Newman
Succeeded by seat abolished
In office
9 September 2006 – 24 March 2012
Preceded by Jim Fouras
Succeeded by Campbell Newman
Personal details
Born
Kate Jennifer Jones

10 April 1979 (1979-04-10) (age 42)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Paul Cronin (2009–present)
Children 2

Kate Jennifer Jones (born 10 April 1979) is an Australian former politician from Queensland. She served as a Labor Party Member of Parliament in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland from 2006 to 2012, and again from 2015 to 2020. Jones first represented the seat of Ashgrove until she was defeated by eventual Premier Campbell Newman at the 2012 state election. Jones retook the seat for the Labor Party at the 2015 state election. The seat was abolished prior to the 2017 state election, so Jones contested and won the new seat of Cooper at that election. In the Palaszczuk Government, she was the Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development, Minister for State Development and the Minister for the Commonwealth Games.

Education and community involvement

Jones attended Kelvin Grove State High School in Kelvin Grove. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Journalism at the Queensland University of Technology while working part-time at The Gap Markets, and graduated with a Master of Environmental Law from the Australian National University in 2014.

Jones is a member of the Ashgrove Historical Society, Ashgrove Climate Change Action Group and sits on the management committee of the Enoggera Respite Centre. She is also a member of The Fred Hollows Foundation and World Vision.

Political career

Before entering Parliament, Jones worked as a Senior Media Adviser to Queensland Minister for Public Works, Housing and Racing Robert Schwarten and as Media Adviser to former Queensland Treasurer David Hamill.

Jones was elected to state Parliament for the seat of Ashgrove at the 2006 general election to succeed Jim Fouras, who had served as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly during the 1990s. After retaining her seat in the 2009 election, she was appointed Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability in the new Bligh cabinet, replacing Andrew McNamara.

2012 election

Jones stood down from cabinet on 19 June 2011 to focus on defending her seat against newly elected LNP leader Campbell Newman at the 2012 state election.

During the campaign Jones used lolly-pink branding rather than Labour's color of red; this tactic was copied from an approach used by Kevin Rudd. Jones' supporters were issued pink T-shirts with the words "Keep Kate".

At that election, Jones was defeated, suffering a 13 percent swing as part of the LNP's massive victory. Newman became Premier.

2015 election

Jones sought to regain her old seat in the January 2015 state election. She won, defeating Newman on a swing of 10 percent—more than double what she needed. She became the second challenger to unseat a sitting premier in Queensland, the previous time this happened was in 1915.

2017 election

Ashgrove was abolished prior to the 2017 state election, so Jones contested and won the new seat of Cooper.

Palaszczuk government

On 16 February 2015, Jones was sworn in as Minister for Education, Minister for Tourism, Major Events and Small Business and Minister for the Commonwealth Games in the Palaszczuk Ministry, positions she held until 11 December 2017.

On 12 December 2017, she was sworn in as Minister for Innovation and Tourism Development and Minister for the Commonwealth Games.

Jones announced her retirement on 10 September 2020, the last sitting day before the 2020 Queensland state election in October.

Personal life

Kate Jones is married to Paul Cronin (former chief media adviser to Queensland Premiers Anna Bligh and Peter Beattie, and who now heads media relations at Queensland Rail). They have a son, Thomas Anthony Cronin, who was born in 2010.

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