David Leyonhjelm Bio
David Ean Leyonhjelm (age 67 years) is an Australian former politician. He was a Senator for New South Wales, representing the Liberal Democratic Party from 2014 to 2019. Having been elected at the 2013 federal election, he took office on 1 July 2014 and was re-elected in the 2016 full Senate election.
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|Born||He was born on 1st April 1952|
|Party||Liberal Democratic Party|
New South Wales
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David Leyonhjelm was born in Nhill in the Wimmera, in western Victoria and was raised in Heywood, on the dairy farm of his parents Bryan and Jean Leyonhjelm.
The family is of Swedish noble origin the ‘Leijonhielm’ barony was granted in 1719. He was the oldest of four children, and as a teenager trapped rabbits and worked in a shoe shop to help support his family.
When he was 15, his parents separated, and he lived with his mother in Melbourne, where he attended Dandenong High School. Leyonhjelm later won a scholarship to study veterinary science at the University of Melbourne, studying alongside Denis Napthine, a future Premier of Victoria.
He has since completed Bachelor of Laws and Master of Business Administration degrees at Macquarie University. After gaining his initial degree, he worked as a practising veterinarian for a time, both in Australia and overseas, and later became involved in marketing and management roles in the animal health industry.
In 1989, Leyonhjelm was a founding director of Baron Strategic Services, an agribusiness consultancy firm with which he remains involved.
He later served as director of the federally funded Gene Technology Information Unit (GTIU), which was established by the Keating Government to offer “accurate and unbiased advice about the new gene technologies”.
Leyonhjelm lives with his wife, Amanda, in Sydney, but also owns a rural property in Hargraves, a locality near Mudgee in the Central West region of NSW.
A shooting enthusiast, he is the president of the Sydney-based Inner West Hunters Club, and takes pleasure in his success in winning his grade in New South Wales for several years, shooting metallic silhouette targets with small-bore pistols.
Also a former secretary of the Farm Writers’ Association of New South Wales, Leyonhjelm had a column in Rural Business magazine for 20 years.
He also wrote a column, “Agribuzz”, for Fairfax Rural Media (formerly Rural Press), and for “Business Spectator” and writes regularly in The Australian Financial Review.
Freedom’s Salesman: Collected Articles and Speeches by Australia’s Senator for Liberty, Melbourne: Wilkinson Publishing, 2017.
“Factory Farming Is Essential to Feed the World”, in: Factory Farming, Debra A. Miller, ed., Detroit: Greenhaven Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2013.