About Jenny

Jenny has been a Labor Party Member of the Victorian Parliament since 1999, firstly as the Member for Jika Jika Province and since 2006, as the Member for Northern Metropolitan Region.

Jenny  is  currently  a  Cabinet  Minister  in  the Andrews Victorian Labor Government  serving  as the Minister for Families and Children and Minister for Youth Affairs.

Between  December  2010  and  November  2014, Jenny held a number of Shadow Ministerial  portfolios  at  different  times including Community Services, Youth Justice, Children, Young Adults and Seniors & Ageing.

From  2007  until  November  2010,  Jenny  was  Parliamentary Secretary for Planning. From 2002 till 2007 she was Parliamentary Secretary for Justice.

Jenny  is  a life-long resident of her electorate. She grew up in Northcote as the daughter of a migrant working class family and was educated in local schools.  Jenny  obtained  Arts  and  Law  degrees  from  the University of Melbourne.

She  began  her  involvement  in  politics  as  the youngest ever municipal Councillor   elected   to   Northcote  Council.  Before  being  elected  to Parliament,  Jenny was a solicitor for a number of prominent national legal and accounting firms.

Jenny  is  passionate about social justice, human rights and protecting our environment.  Her  interest  in  human rights is ongoing and she has been a member of Amnesty International for more than 25 years.