Biography

Biography

Senator the Hon Jenny McAllister is Assistant Minister for Climate Change and Energy. She is also a Senator for NSW.

Jenny McAllister was born in Murwillumbah and grew up on the north coast of NSW. She attended the University of Queensland and the University of Sydney. Jenny is married to NSW MLC John Graham and they have 2 children.

Jenny’s professional career spans both senior roles in the public and private sectors, with a strong focus on infrastructure, environment management and climate change. Before joining the Australian Senate she held various senior roles at AECOM, a global infrastructure firm.

Climate change and environmental management remain key areas of interest for Jenny. She was co-founder of the Labor Environmental Activist Network (known as LEAN) with Kristina Keneally. Jenny was sworn into the Senate in 2015 to fill a casual vacancy and was re-elected for the 2016-2022 term at the 2016 federal election.

Jenny is passionate about managing the economy to achieve social justice and social inclusion, and better outcomes for climate and sustainability. Her interests include gender equality, marriage equality and new opportunities for community participation in politics.