Ginny Andersen

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Ginny Andersen

MP
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Andersen speaking in 2017
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Labour party list
Assumed office
23 September 2017
Vice-President of the New Zealand Labour Party
In office
2015–2017
President Nigel Haworth
Preceded byRobert Gallagher
Succeeded byBeth Houston
Personal details
Political party Labour
Spouse(s)Geoff Gwyn
Relations Bill Andersen (great-uncle)
ChildrenFour
Alma mater University of Canterbury
Website Labour Party profile

Virginia Ruby Andersen [1] [2] [3] is a New Zealand politician and Member of Parliament in the House of Representatives for the Labour Party.

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Personal life

Andersen lives in Belmont, Lower Hutt [4] and worked for the New Zealand Police as a policy unit manager from 2006 to 2017. [1] Her great-uncle was Bill Andersen, a noted activist and trade union leader. [5] Prior to working for the Police, Andersen worked at the Office of Treaty Settlements and was also a private secretary and senior political adviser in Parliament to several Labour MPs including Trevor Mallard, David Cunliffe, Mark Burton, and Margaret Wilson. [6]

Political career

Andersen stood in the electorate of Ōhāriu at the 2014 election, and was only narrowly defeated by the long-standing incumbent, Peter Dunne of United Future by a margin of just 610 votes (1.91%). [7] [1] Andersen served as the Labour Party's Vice-President from 2015 to 2017 when she stood down in order to focus on her parliamentary candidacy. [1]

Member of parliament

New Zealand Parliament
YearsTermElectorateListParty
2017 present 52nd List28 Labour

In October 2016, Andersen was selected as Labour's candidate for the electorate of Hutt South for the 2017 election against Hutt City Councillor Campbell Barry and list candidate Sarah Packer. [1] She replaced long-serving member of parliament Trevor Mallard as the Labour Party candidate who had, in July of that year, stated he would serve as a list-only candidate for the election with the intention of becoming Speaker of the House. [3] [1] [2] [8] In the last election Mallard had won Hutt South by only 709 votes (1.83%) over National's candidate, Chris Bishop. [9] Andersen was ranked 28 on Labour's party list, an increase of 9 from 2014. [10] While Andersen lost the Hutt South election to Bishop, she entered parliament via the Party list under New Zealand's MMP electoral system. [11]

Andersen is Labour's Hutt South candidate for the 2020 New Zealand general election, however has dropped 19 places to 47 on Labour's list. [12]

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References

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  2. 1 2 "2017 Candidates". New Zealand Labour Party. Archived from the original on 5 January 2017. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  3. 1 2 "Ginny Andersen". New Zealand Labour Party . Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  4. Upper Hutt Leader, 2 Aug 2017 https://www.pressreader.com/new-zealand/upper-hutt-leader/20170802/281840053747806
  5. Smith, Mike (11 May 2014). "Ginny Andersen a rising star electorate". The Standard. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  6. "Labour announces Ohariu candidate". Radio New Zealand . 20 February 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  7. "Official Count Results – Ōhāriu". Electoral Commission. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  8. Boyack, Nicholas (25 July 2016). "Labour MP Trevor Mallard vacates Hutt South electorate to apply for Speaker position". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
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  11. "Successful Candidates". Electoral Commission. 23 September 2017. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  12. "Labour announces list for 2020 Election". New Zealand Labour Party . Retrieved 3 July 2020.
Party political offices
Preceded by
Robert Gallagher
Vice-President of the New Zealand Labour Party
2015–2017
Succeeded by
Beth Houston