Luke Hartsuyker is the Federal Member for Cowper, previously having served as the Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment; Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister; Minister for Vocational Education and Skills; Assistant Minister for Employment and Deputy Leader of the House.
Luke has represented the electorate of Cowper, on the NSW mid-north coast, since the 2001 election.
From 2004 to 2007 he was Chair of the Education and Vocational Training committee, producing the “Top of the Class” report into teacher education. He has also been a member of the Ageing committee, Economics committee, Employment and Workplace Relations committee and most recently the Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network.
On his re-election to the Parliament in 2007, Luke was appointed to the Shadow Ministry with responsibility for Consumer Affairs, Financial Services, Superannuation and Corporate Law. In 2010, he took on the role of Shadow Minister for Regional Communications, Youth and Sport and the Deputy Manager of Opposition Business in the House of Representatives.
Luke was born and educated in Muswellbrook and gained a Bachelor of Commerce at Newcastle University. Following his graduation, he pursued a professional career in real estate and institutional property investment and development. He is a member of CPA Australia. Prior to becoming the Federal Member for Cowper, Luke managed his family’s tourism business in Coffs Harbour.
Luke is married to Irene and they have two sons, Ben and Paul. He is a keen surfer and motorcyclist.