Tony was born in 1967 and grew up in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. Living in Box Hill North for most of his life, his Dad was a school teacher and his Mum worked as a medical secretary.
Tony was educated at Kerrimuir Primary School in Box Hill North and then Carey Baptist Grammar School in Kew where his Dad was a science teacher. While he may not have inherited his Dad’s love of science, he did enjoy history and sport, particularly rowing, football and athletics.
After school, Tony studied Commerce and Arts (Hons) at The University of Melbourne, paying for his costs by working as a nightshift cook at Denny’s 24-hour restaurant in Doncaster. He also kept up his interests in rowing and history by working as a part time rowing coach and history tutor.
After university, Tony commenced work as a policy researcher for the Institute of Public Affairs, before working as a media adviser and then senior adviser to the Federal Treasurer, the Hon Peter Costello MP.
Tony was elected as the Federal Member for Casey at the 2001 election. He was re-elected at the 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016 and 2019 elections.
Tony has been a member of numerous House of Representatives committees including the Standing Committee on Science and Innovation and the Standing Committee on Ageing. He was also the Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters and the Joint Standing Committee on Public Accounts and Audit. In January 2007 Tony was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister in the Howard Government.
From December 2013 to August 2015, Tony was Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters and Chair of the Coalition Backbench Economics and Finance Policy Committee.
On 10 August 2015, Tony was elected as the 30th Speaker of the House of Representatives. He was re-elected as Speaker on 30 August 2016 and again on 2 July 2019.
Tony and his wife Pam have lived their whole lives in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs and now live in the heart of the Casey electorate in Chirnside Park with their two sons.
Tony is a lifelong supporter of the Carlton Football Club and shares the love of the game with his boys. He also enjoys restoring classic cars - including his Holden Panel Van.