Michael McCormack has lived and worked in the Riverina region all of his life.
He was elected as The Nationals’ Member for Riverina 2010 and has held the roles of Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance, Assistant Minister to Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss, Assistant Minister for Defence, Minister for Small Business, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel and in February 2018 Michael was elected the 14th Leader of The Nationals and was sworn in as Australia’s 18th Deputy Prime Minister as well as the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development.
Prior to entering Parliament, Michael began professional life with a journalism cadetship with The Daily Advertiser newspaper in Wagga Wagga in 1981.
He became editor at the age of 27, making him the youngest person appointed to edit of a daily newspaper in Australia at the time.
Michael later co-founded a media and publishing small business in Wagga Wagga, which he owned and operated in partnership until he was elected to Parliament.
Michael is also a keen sportsman with interests in horse racing, Australian football, Rugby League and cricket, a sport which he still regularly plays – MP commitments permitting – with Wagga Wagga’s St Michael’s Cricket Club.
He is a life member of the Harlequins Hockey Club. Michael has been married to Catherine for 33 years and they have three children.
As a community advocate over the decades, Michael is proud to be the Riverina’s voice in Federal Parliament.
Please welcome the Deputy Prime Minister.