Sarah has spent most of her life living in North West NSW. Her 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.
While studying Sarah performed various roles assisting Mr Anderson and NSW Nationals leader, Andrew Stoner. In 2005 Sarah joined Mr Anderson’s staff full-time and 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 in 2011.
Since entering parliament, Sarah has served on numerous committees, as Parliamentary Secretary for Regional and Rural Health and Western NSW, and in 2017 was appointed to the ministry as the Minister for Early Childhood Learning, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, and Assistant Minister for Education.
Sarah was appointed minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning in April 2019. She is now Shadow Minister for Education and Early Learning, Shadow Minister for Western NSW, Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council, and Leader of the NSW Nationals in the Upper House.
Sarah is a supporter of local community organisations including the Moree Blood Bank Committee and Gunnedah Paediatric and Maternity Support (PRAMS).
The Hon. Sarah Mitchell, MLC
SYDNEY NSW 2000