Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson was sworn in as the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of Anzac and the Special Minister of State on 18 September 2013.
Michael was born in 1954 in Ballarat and holds a Bachelor of Law from Melbourne University. He worked as a barrister and solicitor before beginning his political career as a councillor for the City of Ballarat, serving from 1981 to 1987.
He was later elected as the Federal Member for Ballarat in 1990, and served until his retirement in 2001. During this time he held the appointment of Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport and Regional Development and Chief Government Whip.
He was elected to the Senate for Victoria in the 2004 federal election, joining the Senate in 2005 and was re-elected in the 2010 federal election. Prior to the 2013 election he served as the Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader of the Opposition on the Centenary of Anzac.
Michael and his wife Cate have three adult children and still live in Ballarat.