About Christopher

In 1993, at the age of 25, Christopher Pyne was elected to the House of Representatives for the seat of Sturt.

Christopher is the Minister for Defence Industry and the Leader of the House of Representatives.

Previously, Christopher was the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science and was responsible for the development of the National Innovation and Science Agenda in 2015, a transformative economic plan to encourage Australians to embrace risk and commercialise their ideas.

In his time in Parliament he has also served as Minister for Education and Training, and in this role, amongst other things, he reformed the National Curriculum, introduced compulsory literacy and numeracy testing for Australian teaching graduates and expanded phonics teaching in remote schools in northern Australia.

Christopher has also served as Minister for Ageing and Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Parliamentary Secretary for Family and Community Services. As Parliamentary Secretary for Health he founded “headspace: the Youth Mental Health Initiative” in 2006.

Christopher is the author of the Best Selling book, “A Letter to my Children”, published by Melbourne University Press in 2015.

Before entering Parliament, Christopher practised as a solicitor.

Christopher is a member of many community, social and sporting groups in his electorate, and is an Adelaide Crows Ambassador and supporter of the Norwood Redlegs Football Club!

Christopher is married to Carolyn and is the father of Eleanor, Barnaby, Felix and Aurelia.