As a strong advocate for rural NSW, Katrina Hodgkinson has extensive experience representing the large rural electorates for the past 17 years in Central West and Southern New South Wales.
Katrina grew up on a family farm between Canberra and Yass, and learnt the values of hard work, perseverance and dedication from those around her. Prior to entering parliament, Katrina owned and operated a retail enterprise, worked in private enterprise and for the Commonwealth government.
Katrina remains highly active and engaged with her community, currently serving as the patron of many community groups and associations, various Agricultural Show Societies and also through her involvement with public primary and high schools.
Since being elected to Parliament, Katrina Hodgkinson has used the experiences gained from her electorate and has taken on board a broad range of parliamentary duties and portfolios. As a member of the Liberals Nationals Government, Katrina’s Ministerial portfolios have included serving as 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, Shadow Minister for Natural Resource Management and Parliamentary Secretary for Southern NSW. 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.