Biography – John Alexander OAM, MP
John Alexander, known as “JA” across the nation, was elected to Parliament in 2010 as a firm believer in opportunity and individual endeavour. Combined with a strong discipline these values laid the foundations for his success as a touring professional tennis player.
JA rose to #8 in the international singles rankings, and #2 in doubles, winning 7 singles and 27 doubles titles. He represented Australia from 1968-83, including leading the victory in the 1977 Davis Cup Final in Sydney. In 1978 JA played the first ever professional tennis match in China, against Bjorn Borg in Guandong.
After retiring as a player JA worked as a television sports commentator for Channel Seven and BBC, held the positions of Chair of Player Development for Tennis Australia and Coach of the Federation Cup Team which included 2011 US Open Winner Samantha Stosur. In 1992, he received an Order of Australia Medal for his services to tennis.
A passion for public health led JA to manage a variety of sport-related small businesses and the development of multi-activity sports centres as the Managing Director of Next Generation Clubs Australia. This role included the construction of the Ryde Aquatic Centre for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The Centre provides health and recreation services to over one million visitors every year.
Since his election to Parliament as Liberal Member for Bennelong in 2010, JA has balanced his local duties with numerous roles in parliamentary committees, including as the Chair. He also established the bi-partisan Parliamentary Friends of Medicines Group and Parliamentary Friends of Rail Group which invite industry leaders to present emerging issues, research and opportunities to parliamentarians.
JA increased his majority in the General Election of 2013, and again in 2016, where he had the biggest swing towards the government in NSW. In December 2017, after finding out he was supposedly ‘British’, he fought a bi-election and retained the seat against former Premier Kristina Keneally. In 2019 JA then fought another high profile candidate in former Australian Medical Association chief Brian Owler, but retained his seat with an increased majority.
Since his election to Government in 2013, JA has been appointed to the following positions:
- Chair, Parliamentary Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities
- Former Chair, Parliamentary Committee on Economics
- Former Chair, Parliamentary Committee on Tax & Revenue
- Chair, Coalition Policy Committee on Infrastructure & Regional Development
- Chair, Coalition Policy Committee on Tourism
- Chair, Australia – East Asia Parliamentary Network
- Chair, Australia – Republic of Korea Parliamentary Group
- Chair, Sydney Airport Community Forum
Most importantly, JA is the proud father of Emily, Georgia and Charlie.