Linda Karen Reynolds CSC (born 16 May 1965) is an Australian Liberal Party politician serving as Minister for Defence since 2019, and has served as Senator for Western Australia since 2014.

Linda Reynolds

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Minister for Defence
Assumed office
29 May 2019
Prime MinisterScott Morrison
DeputyMelissa Price
Preceded byChristopher Pyne
Minister for Defence Industry
In office
2 March 2019 – 26 May 2019
Prime MinisterScott Morrison
Preceded bySteven Ciobo
Succeeded byMelissa Price
Assistant Minister for Home Affairs
In office
28 August 2018 – 2 March 2019
Prime MinisterScott Morrison
Preceded byAlex Hawke
Succeeded byJason Wood
Senator for Western Australia
Assumed office
1 July 2014
Personal details
Linda Karen Reynolds

(1965-05-16) 16 May 1965 (age 54)
Gooseberry Hill, Western Australia, Australia
Political partyLiberal Party of Australia
Alma materCurtin University
WebsiteOfficial website
Military service
Branch/serviceAustralian Army Reserve
Years of service1984–2012
Commands5th Combat Service Support Battalion
AwardsConspicuous Service Cross

In 2013, Reynolds was elected from third position on the Liberal Senate ticket, but her place in the Senate was in doubt after the High Court ordered a fresh half-Senate election in Western Australia, after determining that there were missing ballot papers.[1] However, Reynolds was successful in the re-run and her Senate term commenced on 1 July 2014.[2] She was subsequently re-elected to the Senate in 2016.[3]

Reynolds served as Assistant Minister for Home Affairs from August 2018 to March 2019. She was promoted to the Cabinet on 2 March 2019 by Scott Morrison as Minister for Defence Industry and Minister for Emergency Management and North Queensland Recovery.[4]


Work History (selected)Edit

Reynolds has held various positions, including:

  • Electoral Officer and Shadow Ministerial Adviser 1990-94
  • Liberal Party Senior Government Training Manager and Senior Campaign Officer 1996-98
  • Senior Training and Development Officer, Army Command and Staff Training College Command 1999-2000
  • Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Adviser to the Minister for Justice and Customs 2001-03
  • Project Director/Strategic Performance and training Analyst, Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex (NASA/JPL Facility) 2004
  • Director Strategy Development, Raytheon Australia 2005
  • Liberal Party Deputy Federal Director and National Training Director 2006-08[5]

Military serviceEdit

Linda Reynolds served in the Army Reserve for 29 years (1984-2012) in both part and full time positions.[3] During this period she acted as an Officer Cadet, Regional Logistical Officer (Second Lieutenant to Captain), Training Development Officer (Captain), Commanding Officer 5th Combat Service Support Battalion (Lieutenant Colonel), Military Instructor at the Army Command and Staff College (Lieutenant Colonel), Senior Career Manager (Lieutenant Colonel) and the Director of Active Standby Staff Group (Colonel).[3] Reynolds went on to become the adjutant general in the Australian Army Reserve as a brigadier, where she was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in the 2011 Australia Day Honours for "outstanding achievement as the Director of Army Strategic Reform Program coordination".[6] On attaining the rank of brigadier in 2012, Reynolds became the first woman in the Australian Army Reserve to be promoted to a star rank.[7]

Party historyEdit

Reynolds has been a member of the Liberal Party from 1987, where she held senior positions within various branches of the Young Liberal Movement between 1987-1990.[3] She has over 20 years' experience working for Ministers, Members of Parliament and the Liberal Party of Australia. During this time, Reynolds was the deputy director of the Federal Liberal Party of Australia, National Campaign Manager and a Chief-of-Staff to Senator Chris Ellison Minister for Justice and Customs.[3]

Party positions heldEdit

  • President, Hasluck Liberal Party Women's Committee[3]
  • Member, Liberal Party from 1987[3]
  • President, Canning Young Liberal Movement 1987-88[3]
  • President, Pearce Young Liberal Movement 1989[3]
  • Development Vice-President, Young Liberal Movement 1989-90[3]
  • Vice-President, Liberal Party Kalamunda Branch 1990-91[3]
  • Treasurer, Liberal Party Kalamunda Branch 1990-92[3]
  • Vice-President, Liberal Party Pearce Division 1991-92[3]
  • Senior Vice-President, Liberal Party Pearce Division 1992-93[3]
  • Pearce Campaign Manager from 1993[3]
  • Vice-President, Liberal Party Pearce Division 1994[3]
  • Deputy Federal Director, Liberal Party 2006-08[3]
  • National Campaign Manager, Liberal Party 2007[3]
  • Campaign Manager, Hasluck Liberal Party 2013[3]

Education and qualificationsEdit

Reynolds was awarded the degree of Bachelor of Commerce from Curtin University.[3] Additionally, she has various qualifications including:


She is a granddaughter of Alfred Reynolds, a former Labor Party member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly.


  1. ^ "WA Senate election: counting begins for poll re-run". ABC News. Australia. 6 April 2014.
  2. ^ "Palmer wins, wants WA Senate race declared". 1 November 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC". Senators and Members. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  4. ^ Belot, Henry (2 March 2019). "Scott Morrison insists he's not distracted by ministerial exodus as Christopher Pyne bows out of politics". ABC News. Australia. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  5. ^ a b Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, biography, Australian Parliament House website, accessed 2019-05-31
  6. ^ "Reynolds, Linda Karen". It's an Honour. Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  7. ^ Grattan, Michelle (2 March 2019). "Linda Reynolds appointed to defence industry and cabinet". The Conversation. The Conversation Media Group Ltd. Retrieved 26 August 2018.

External linksEdit

Political offices
Preceded by
Christopher Pyne
Minister for Defence
Preceded by
Steven Ciobo
Minister for Defence Industry
Succeeded by
Melissa Price
Preceded by
Alex Hawke
Assistant Minister for Home Affairs
Succeeded by
Jason Wood