|Member of the Legislative Assembly |
of Western Australia
9 March 2013
|Preceded by||None (new seat)|
|Constituency||North West Central|
23 September 2008 –9 March 2013
|Preceded by||None (new seat)|
|Succeeded by||None (abolished)|
|Member of the Legislative Council |
of Western Australia
22 May 2005 –12 August 2008
|Constituency||Mining and Pastoral Region|
Vincent Alexander Catania
23 February 1977
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
|Political party|| Labor (to 2009)|
National (from 2009)
Vincent Alexander Catania (born 23 February 1977) is an Australian politician who was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 2008. He was previously a member of the Legislative Council from 2005 to 2008. Catania represented the Labor Party until July 2009, when he switched to the National Party.
Catania was born in Perth to Rita (née Tonus) and Nicholas Mark Catania. His Italian-born father was also a state member of parliament, representing the Labor Party. Catania attended Trinity College. Prior to entering parliament, he served as state president of the Young Labor movement, and also held various positions in branch offices.
Catania was elected to parliament at the 2005 state election, running in third position on the Labor ticket in the Mining and Pastoral Region. He was 28 years old when his term began in May 2005, making him the youngest person ever to sit in the Legislative Council.At the 2008 state election, Catania switched to the Legislative Assembly, winning the seat of North West. This also made him the youngest person to serve in both houses of the Parliament of Western Australia. However, in July 2009, Catania announced that he would be leaving the Labor Party and joining the National Party. He cited dissatisfaction with Eric Ripper, the Labor leader, and concerns that Labor had become too "city-centric".
In a redistribution prior to 2013 state election, the North West electorate was abolished and replaced with the new seat of North West Central. The new electorate remained a marginal seat, with a notional non-Labor majority of 3.3 points. At the election, Catania and the Nationals received a 21.0-point swing on first preferences, with Labor being relegated to third place behind the Liberals. The final two-candidate-preferred count had the Nationals winning 59.7 percent of the vote.In December 2013, a few months after the election, Catania was made parliamentary secretary to Mia Davies, the new Minister for Water and Minister for Forestry. He has also served two terms as the National Party whip.
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|Western Australian Legislative Assembly|
|New seat|| Member for North West |
| Member for North West Central |