John Barilaro was born in Queanbeyan and raised in a strong family who instilled in him the values of hard work and community service. As Member for Monaro, John is passionate about the future of regional communities and isn’t afraid to put up a fight on their behalf.
After leaving school John worked on the factory floor of his family’s business. He became manager of the business and expanded it to employ 15 staff. Because of this background, he understands all too well the problems facing small businesses across the state, as well as the need to up-skill young people and provide individuals and communities with the support needed to reach their potential.
In 2008, John stood for election to the Queanbeyan City Council because he believed ordinary mums and dads needed a greater say in the decisions that affected them and the local area. He has a great love of sport, co-founding the Monaro Panthers Football Club in 2000. He served as president of the club for eight years.
In March 2011 John was elected to the NSW Parliament as the Member for Monaro and joined the ministry as Minister for Regional Tourism and Small Business In October 2014.
On October 15, 2016 John became leader of the Nats and Deputy Premier – positions he held until October 5, 2021, when he announced he was resigning from the parliament.
Barra is recognised as one of the great champions of regional and rural NSW.