Senator the Hon. Linda Reynolds CSC
Assistant Minister for Home Affairs and Liberal Senator for Western Australia
ExpertiseParliamentary, Corporate and Defence
Assistant Minister Reynolds was elected to the Australian Senate in 2014 and is a passionate representative for her state of Western Australia.
Assistant Minister Reynolds served for 29 years in the Australian Army as a Reserve Officer, in a wide range of part and full time appointments. Professionally she has worked both in the private sector and in various roles at the national political level and has a Master of Arts (Strategic Studies).She has more than 20 years’ experience at the national political level working for Ministers, Members of Parliament and the Liberal Party of Australia. Senator Reynolds served for 29 years in the Australian Army as a Reserve Officer, serving in a wide range of part and full time appointments. She also has corporate experience.
Key career appointments include: Chief of Staff to the Minister for Justice and Customs, Project Director with Raytheon Australia, Deputy Federal Director of the Liberal Party of Australia, Commanding Officer of a Combat Service Support Battalion and Adjutant General of Army. Assistant Minister Reynolds was the first woman in the Australian Army Reserves to be promoted to the rank of Brigadier and was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross. She also spent many years working overseas in support of democratisation institutions.
Prior to her appointment as the Assistant Minister for Home Affairs, she was Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters, the Senate Legislation Committee on Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade, the Defence Sub-Committee and the Senate Publications Committee. She chairs the Australia-Indonesia parliamentary friendship group and co-chairs the Parliamentary Friends of Defence, Friends of Australian Books and Writers and Friends of Disability.