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Biography

The Hon Dan Tehan MP

Dan Tehan was sworn in as the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of Anzac and Minister for Defence Materiel on 18 February 2016.

Since being elected to Parliament as the Federal Member for Wannon in 2010, Dan has had an active parliamentary career.

He has held positions as the Chair of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security; Chair of the Victorian Consultative Panel for the Black Spot Programme; Chair of the Coalition Policy Committee on Economics and Finance; Co-Chair of the Parliamentarians Supporting Cancer Causes; Co-Chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Youth Mental Health, and; Chair of the Coalition Friends of Tourism.

Dan has also held positions on the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Regional Australia, the Standing Committee on Agriculture, Resources, Fisheries and Forestry and the Joint Human Rights Committee.

Prior to entering Parliament, Dan worked in agriculture locally and abroad before joining the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade where he held various roles including working as a diplomat at the Australian Embassy in Mexico. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations and Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Dan has worked at senior levels of the Australian Government, including as a former Senior Adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister and Chief of Staff to the Minister for Small Business and Tourism. He has also worked as Director of Trade Policy and International Affairs at the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and as the Deputy State Director for the Victorian Liberal Party.

Dan lives with his wife Sarah and their family on a small farm on the outskirts of Hamilton. He is a passionate supporter of the Richmond Football Club and enjoys spending time outdoors with his family and their increasing number of pets.