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Mark McGowan

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McGowan in April 2014
30th Premier of Western Australia
Elections: 2017, 2021
Assumed office
17 March 2017
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor Kerry Sanderson
Kim Beazley
Deputy Roger Cook
Preceded by Colin Barnett
Treasurer of Western Australia
Assumed office
18 March 2021
Preceded by Ben Wyatt
Leader of the Labor Party in Western Australia
Assumed office
23 January 2012
Deputy Roger Cook
Preceded by Eric Ripper
Leader of the Opposition in Western Australia
In office
23 January 2012 – 17 March 2017
Premier Colin Barnett
Deputy Roger Cook
Preceded by Eric Ripper
Succeeded by Mike Nahan
Member of the Legislative Assembly
for Rockingham
Assumed office
14 December 1996
Preceded by Mike Barnett
Personal details
Born 13 July 1967 (1967-07-13) (age 54)
Newcastle, New South Wales
Political party Labor
Spouse(s)
Sarah Miller (m. 1996)
Children 3
Residence Rockingham, Western Australia
Education Casino High School
Coffs Harbour High School
Alma mater University of Queensland
Profession
Military service
Allegiance Australia
Branch/service
Years of service 1989–present
Rank Lieutenant
Unit HMAS Stirling
Awards Commendation for Brave Conduct

Mark McGowan (born 13 July 1967) is an Australian politician who has been the 30th Premier of Western Australia since 17 March 2017, and the Leader of the Labor Party in Western Australia since 23 January 2012.

Born in Newcastle, New South Wales, McGowan attended Casino Public School and Casino High School. McGowan then went to the University of Queensland and worked as a legal officer for the Royal Australian Navy, serving at naval base HMAS Stirling, south of Perth. Settling in Western Australia, McGowan was elected as a councillor for the City of Rockingham from 1994, and was later elected to the Western Australian Legislative Assembly at the 1996 election, representing the district of Rockingham. In 2001, he was made Parliamentary Secretary to Premier Geoff Gallop, and later served as a Cabinet Minister in both the Gallop and Carpenter Governments from 2005 to 2008.

McGowan was elected as Leader of the Labor Party in Western Australia following the resignation of Eric Ripper, and became Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly. Although he led Labor to defeat at the 2013 election, he retained his position as leader, and embarked upon a "listening tour" of the state, pledging to restore Labor's credibility with voters. McGowan subsequently grew in popularity, and went on to lead Labor to a landslide victory at the 2017 election, winning the largest majority government in the state's history at the time. He was subsequently appointed the 30th Premier of Western Australia.

Throughout 2020, McGowan led Western Australia's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, during which time he reached a record-breaking approval rating for an Australian Premier of 88%. At the 2021 election, McGowan led his party to an even larger majority, winning 53 out of 59 seats in the Legislative Assembly, the largest victory in terms of both vote share and proportion of lower house seats controlled in any Australian state or federal election since Federation.

Personal life

Since 1996, McGowan has been married to Sarah Miller, with whom he has three children.

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