Jacqui Dean, Member of Parliament for Waitaki, is a senior Government MP who has now contested her seat on four occasions. On each she has been returned to Parliament with an increased majority.
Ms Dean was first elected Member of Parliament for Otago in 2005 winning the seat from Labour. At the 2008 General Election, following boundary changes, she was elected MP for Waitaki with a 10,176 majority, which increased again in 2011. Late 2014 she was again returned, this time with her largest endorsement to date 16,668. The electorate's National Party List votes also rose substantially during those four elections.
Ms Dean's continued support comes from an electorate well pleased with a representative known to travel, meet and talk with all who reside within its boundaries. She also enjoys a confidence within the electorate that has come with the knowledge their MP will go the extra-mile to resolve matters of concern to constituents. Prior to the 2008 election Ms Dean was a Waitaki District councillor and later, deputy mayor, position which no doubt allowed her to fully hone her now well-developed skills of getting to the heart of issues and their effect on people.
This term, Ms Dean is Chair of the Justice and Electoral Select Committee: Co-Chair of Rules Reduction Taskforce; member of the Health Select Committee; Vice President for Parliamentarians for Global Action and Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Delegate of the 51st Parliament. Ms Dean also continues with her appointment as Parliamentary Private Secretary for Tourism and for Local Government. In these roles, she uses her experience and knowledge of tourism and local government to provide support to the portfolios Ministers which includes representing them as required.
Outside of her 'in-house' duties, Ms Dean is an effective and committed electorate MP. She knows the Waitaki and its capabilities and is often seen travelling on highways, byways and farm tracks to maintain regular contact with rural and urban citizens alike. She views such contact as vital to her role of ensuring the concerns of the people she represents are heard by the nation's decision makers.
Ms Dean is married to Oamaru lawyer Bill Dean. The couple have three adult children and three grandchildren.