Hon Sarah Mitchell MLC
Minister for Early Childhood Education
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
Assistant Minister for Education
Deputy Leader of the Nationals in the Legislative Council
Member of the NSW Legislative Council
Since entering parliament in 2011, Sarah has served on numerous committees, as Parliamentary Secretary for Regional and Rural Health and Western NSW and in 2017 appointed the Minister for Early Childhood Education, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Assistant Minister for Education.
At 34 Sarah is the youngest Member of the Legislative Council and was the final candidate on The Nationals’ ticket to be elected at the 2011 State Election – edging out Pauline Hanson in the process.
Sarah has spent most of her life living in North West NSW, and returned home to Gunnedah with husband Anthony and daughter Annabelle.
Sarah’s interest in politics began as school captain of Gunnedah High when she met John Anderson, her local MP and the leader of The Nationals. Sarah then moved to Sydney to study Politics and International Relations at the University of New South Wales.
In between studying Sarah performed various roles assisting John Anderson and NSW Nationals leader, Andrew Stoner. In 2005 Sarah joined John Anderson’s staff full time and has worked for the five years with his successor, Parkes MP Mark Coulton.
Sarah served as President of the Federal Young Nationals for two years and State Chairman of the NSW Young Nationals from 2008 to 2011, stepping down from both roles upon her election to Parliament.
Sarah is a supporter of local community organisations including the Moree Blood Bank Committee and Gunnedah Paediatric and Maternity Support (PRAMS).