About Senator Reynolds

Official portrait of Minister of Defence Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC.

Biography

Senator Reynolds was elected to the Australian Senate in 2014 and is a passionate representative for her state of Western Australia. She has more than 20 years’ experience at the national political level working for Members of Parliament and the Liberal Party of Australia.  Senator Reynolds served for 29 years in the Australian Army as a Reserve Officer in a wide range of part and full time appointments.  She also has corporate experience in Defence Industry.

Key career appointments include: Chief of Staff to the Minister for Justice and Customs, Project Director with Raytheon Australia, Deputy Federal Director of the Liberal Party of Australia, Commanding Officer of a Combat Service Support Battalion and Adjutant General of Army, the Chief of Army’s key governance advisor. Senator Reynolds was the first woman in the Australian Army Reserves to be promoted to the rank of Brigadier and was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross. She has completed a Master of Arts (Strategic Studies) and is a graduate of the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies.

On 30 March 2021, Senator Reynolds was sworn in as Minister for Government Services and Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

This follows her appointment as Minister for Defence in May 2019. Previous to this she was Minister for Defence Industry, Emergency Management and North Queensland Recovery and Assistant Minister for Home Affairs.

Senator Reynolds is a passionate advocate for Western Australian industry, and is a supporter of innovation, gender equality and federation reform. She is proud to work closely with both the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and the Perth USAsia Centre, and has worked for over a decade with a number of global decentralisation institutions.