Ben Morton (politician)

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Ben Morton

Ben Morton.jpg
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Tangney
Assumed office
2 July 2016 (2016-07-02)
Preceded byDennis Jensen
ConstituencyTangney
Personal details
Born (1981-06-29) 29 June 1981 (age 39)
Gosford, New South Wales, Australia
NationalityAustralian
Political partyLiberal Party of Australia
Alma materAustralian National University
OccupationBus driver, senior manager
Websitewww.benmorton.net.au

Ben Morton (born 29 June 1981) is an Australian politician. Since 2 July 2016, he has represented the federal Division of Tangney in the Australian House of Representatives for the Liberal Party.[1]

He is the former state director of the Liberal Party in Western Australia. Prior to entering parliament, Morton worked as a bus driver, as an adviser to the Howard Government, and in the private sector for one of Australia's largest home builders, BGC.[1]

He grew up on the Central Coast of New South Wales, attending Wyong Technology High School before completing a Bachelor of Arts at the Australian National University.[1] He then returned to his home town and unsuccessfully stood for election as the Liberal Party candidate in the safe Labor seat of Wyong in 2003 and 2007.[2]

At the 2016 federal election, Morton successfully ran as the Liberal candidate against sitting member Dennis Jensen, who had been disendorsed by the Liberals and was running as an independent.[3]

Married with two children, Morton is currently the Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister and Cabinet.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Mr Ben Morton MP". Senators and Members. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 18 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Dennis menacing". Fremantle Herald. 27 May 2016. Retrieved 18 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Federal election 2016: Dennis Jensen to contest WA seat of Tangney". The Australian. 9 May 2016. Retrieved 18 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Hon Ben Morton MP".
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Dennis Jensen
Member for Tangney
2016–present
Incumbent