Member for Cootamundra
As a strong advocate for rural NSW, Katrina Hodgkinson has extensive experience representing the large rural electorate of Burrinjuck for 16 years, and more recently, the new electorate of Cootamundra.
Due to the 2015 redistribution of the State electoral boundaries, the seat of Burrinjuck was abolished and the new seat of Cootamundra took its place. Katrina contested the seat of Cootamundra, and won with a margin of around two thirds of the primary vote.
Katrina grew up on a family farm near Yass, and learnt the values of hard work, perseverance and dedication from those around her. Prior to entering parliament, Katrina gained an understanding of local needs and her community as an owner and operator of ‘The Sheep’s Back’ in Yass and Bowral and working as a TAFE Instructor in Yass and Queanbeyan.
Katrina remains highly active and engaged with her community, currently serving as the patron of many community groups and associations, various agricultural show societies as well as through her involvement with public primary schools.
Since being elected to Parliament, Katrina Hodgkinson has taken on a broad range of parliamentary duties and esteemed portfolios. Katrina most recently served as Parliamentary Secretary for Southern NSW, and her previous ministerial titles include Minister for Primary Industries, Minister for Small Business, Assistant Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Shadow Minister for Small Business, Shadow Minister for Fair Trading, Shadow Minister for Rural Affairs, Shadow Minister for Tourism, Shadow Minister for Major Events, Shadow Minister for Community Services and Shadow Minister for Natural Resource Management. Katrina also served a term on the NSW Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee.
Katrina upholds a strong sense of family and is married with two children.