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Scott Ryan was elected to the Australian Senate as a Liberal Senator for Victoria at the 2007 federal election. He was re-elected in 2013 and again in 2016.

In July 2016, following the election of the Turnbull Coalition Government, Senator Ryan was appointed Special Minister of State and Minister Assisting the Cabinet Secretary.

From February 2016 to July 2016, Senator Ryan served as Minister for Vocational Education and Skills and Deputy Manager of Government Business in the Senate.

He previously served as Assistant Cabinet Secretary from September 2015 to February 2016 and, following the election of Tony Abbott as Prime Minister in 2013, Senator Ryan was Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education and Training.

Senator Ryan was a member of the shadow ministry from 2010 to 2013, serving as Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business and Fair Competition.

Senator Ryan has previously been a member of numerous Senate and Joint Parliamentary committees, including chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration.

He graduated from St Kevin’s College and went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours at the University of Melbourne.

Before being elected to the Senate, he worked for international pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline and as a consultant in the health and insurance industries. He has also served as a research fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs, worked as a senior adviser to the Leader of the Opposition in Victoria, a speechwriter for Senator the Hon Nick Minchin and in the office of the Victorian Premier, the Hon Jeff Kennett.

He is married to Helen and they live in Melbourne with their sons.

He is a member of the Essendon Football Club, the Institute of Public Affairs, the Centre for Independent Studies and the Samuel Griffith Society. He is a life member of the Melbourne University Liberal Club and life member and patron of the Australian Liberal Students’ Federation.

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