Bridget McKenzie was born in rural Victoria in the small town of Alexandra. She was raised to be proud and passionate about regional Australia with the traditional rural influences of small business, sport and agriculture.
Bridget has completed a double degree in applied science (specialising in human movement) and teaching (specialising in mathematics). She later went on to conduct research in physical activity with young women in rural settings. During 2009–2010, Bridget was a lecturer for the Faculty of Education at the Monash University.
Bridget’s experiences as a secondary school teacher and university lecturer have fuelled her passion for education and Australia’s young people. She is committed to improving opportunities for young Australians, no matter where they live.
In 2010, Bridget was elected to the Senate for the state of Victoria and was re-elected in 2016.
In her role as Senator for Victoria, Bridget has chaired a number of committees including the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade committee as well as the committee for Joint Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade committee, Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity committee and the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee.
She was elected Deputy Leader of The Nationals and appointed Minister for Rural Health, Minister for Sport and Minister for Regional Communications in December 2017, and in August 2018 Bridget was named Minister for Regional Services, Sport, Local Government and Decentralisation.
On 29 May 2019, following the re-election of the Liberal and Nationals government, Bridget was sworn as the first-ever female Minister for Agriculture.
Having lived in rural Victoria, Melbourne and overseas, Bridget is firm in her belief that strong regional economies and secure regional communities are critical to the future prosperity of Australia.
As a proud, long-term member of The Nationals, she knows how important it is for people living in regional, rural and remote Australia have strong and vocal representatives standing up for them. That why she has fought hard to deliver better access to high-quality health care in the regions, improved mobile black spot coverage outside our capital cities and creating jobs and driving economic growth in the regions.
In her role as Deputy Leader of The National Party, Bridget is committed to ensuring that all Australians, regardless of where they live, have access to opportunities that will benefit them and their local communities.