For The Honourable Joe Francis MLA
Minister for Emergency Services; Fisheries; Corrective Services; Veterans
Joe Francis was born in Sydney in 1970 and educated at St Ignatius College, Riverview. After graduating in 1988 he enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy as a Marine Technical sailor - following in his father's and grandfather's footsteps by becoming the third generation of his family to serve as a sailor in the RAN.
He worked from 1993 to 1999 as a political staffer for various State and Federal Members of Parliament. In 2000 he moved to Western Australia, purchasing a small business franchise. However, in 2002 he decided to return to the Royal Australian Navy and, after receiving his commission, served as a submarine navigator and warfare officer. After completing back-to-back submarine deployments to South East Asia, he was posted to the Royal Australian Navy's Submarine Systems Training Centre as a Submarine Warfare Instructor.
In 2008 he was elected as the Member for Jandakot in the 39th Parliament of Western Australia.
Following his election to Parliament Mr Francis was appointed Acting Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and held the role from 11 November 2008 to 9 August 2012.
He served as Deputy Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee from 26 November 2008 to 14 August 2012 and as Chairman of the Joint Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation from 3 December 2008 until 14 August 2012.
On the 29th June 2012 Mr Francis was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance; Commerce; Small Business until the State Election on the 14th March 2013.
Upon the re-election of the Liberal National Government, Mr Francis was appointed as the Minister for Emergency Services; Corrective Services; Veterans in the 40th Parliament of Western Australia. Small Business was added to his portfolio responsibilities on 5 August 2013.
(As at 18-August-2014)