Also known as: née Cushion, Jeanette
Born: 4 February 1949Special Achievements:
Elizabeth Jeanette Powell - a member of the National Party, Jeanette Powell served as a local government councillor for the Shire of Shepparton from 1990-94 and as Shire president from 1993-4 before being elected to the Victorian State Parliament in 1996. She initially served in the Legislative Council representing the North-Eastern Province from 1996-2002. In November 2002 she was elected as the Member for Shepparton District in the Legislative Assembly. She was re-elected in November 2006 and again in November 2010. She held the ministerial portfolios of Local Government and Aboriginal Affairs in the Baillieu/Napthine Government. She retired from parliament at the November 2014 election.Additional Information:
Elizabeth Jeanette Powell is a British-born Australian politician. She was a National Party member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly from 2002 to 2014, representing the electorate of Shepparton. She was previously a member of the Victorian Legislative Council from 1996 to 2002, representing North Eastern Province.
Powell was born in Prescot, Lancashire, England and emigrated to Australia as a child. After a short time in Preston, the family moved to Shepparton in regional Victoria. Prior to entering parliament, Powell held a variety of occupations including film processor, television presenter, singer, marketing and sales, office manager and director of the family auto-electrics business. She was a Shire of Shepparton councillor from 1990 to 1994, and was the shire president from 1993 to 1994. After the 1994 council amalgamations, Powell was appointed as a commissioner with the Shire of Campaspe from 1994 to 1996.
Powell was elected to Legislative Council seat of North-Eastern Province at the 1996 state election, becoming the first woman to represent the National Party in Victoria. In 2002, she shifted to the Legislative Assembly, successfully retaining the seat of Shepparton for the National Party upon the retirement of long-serving MP Don Kilgour. She was appointed state Minister for Local Government and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs following the Liberal-National Coalition's victory at the 2010 election, and served in those roles under both Premiers Ted Baillieu and Denis Napthine.
In February 2014 Powell announced that she would not be a candidate at the forth-coming 2014 Victorian State Election, and in a reshuffle of the Coalition ministry in March 2014 her portfolios were allocated to Tim Bull. Powell is married with two sons.