Senator the Hon Penny Wong MP
SENATOR THE HON. PENNY WONG
LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
LABOR SENATOR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Penny is the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and a member of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security.
Penny was born in Malaysia and moved to Adelaide with her family as an eight year old where she now lives with her partner and their two daughters.
Before entering politics Penny worked for a union, as a ministerial adviser in the NSW Labor Government, and as a lawyer.
Penny was elected to the Senate in 2001 and took her seat in 2002.
Following the election of the Labor Government in 2007 Penny was appointed the Minister for Climate Change and Water and later served as Minister for Finance and Deregulation.
In 2013 Penny was appointed Leader of the Government in the Senate. After the change of Government she was appointed Leader of the Opposition in the Senate. Penny is the first woman to hold both these roles.