Rene is one of the Tasmanian Parliament’s most experienced Members – now in his 21st year in Parliament as a Member of the House of Assembly – first elected in 1996.
Prior this Rene spent seven years as an Alderman of the City of Launceston, and also had a substantial family business in the building and hardware industry.
Rene represents the large electorate of Lyons in the Tasmanian House of Assembly, and served as Cabinet Secretary in the Rundle Government and was Leader of the Opposition for four years from 2002. When the Hodgman Liberal Government came to office in 2014, Rene was appointed as a Cabinet Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management and for Infrastructure, and also responsible for four state-owned companies – Metro Tasmania, TasRail, the TT-Line (Spirit of Tasmania), TasPorts and one GBE, the MAIB.
Rene has also considerable international experience with the development of the Westminster Parliamentary system throughout the Commonwealth, through the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and his years as a member in the House of Assembly.
In his private life, Rene is married with four adult children and eleven grandchildren. In his spare time he is passionate boating enthusiast and also loves to cook for family and friends and is well known for a number of diverse culinary creations – including his famous chicken and corn soup. He is a great supporter of local produce and is often found at local farmers markets.