Meet Jim

Jim Chalmers MP has been the Member for Rankin since 2013, proudly representing the people and suburbs of southern Brisbane and Logan City where he was born, grew up and made a home with Laura, Leo, Annabel, and Jack.  He was elected to his second term in 2016 with an increased margin, and appointed  Shadow Minister for Finance, entering Shadow Cabinet for the first time. 

From 2015 to 2016 Jim was Shadow Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation, Shadow Minister for Sport and Shadow Assistant Minister for Trade, Investment and Productivity. He was also Shadow Assistant Minister for Resources in 2016. Prior to that, he was Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition, and for Trade and Investment.

Jim has previously served as Deputy Chair of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Tax and Revenue and Joint Standing Committee on Trade, Investment and Growth, and as a member of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics.

Before being elected to Parliament, Jim was the Executive Director of the Chifley Research Centre and prior to that, Chief of Staff to the Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer.

He has a PhD in political science and international relations and a first class honours degree in public policy, and is a qualified company director.

Jim is also a member of the Griffith University Logan Campus Development Advisory Group; the Griffith University School of Government and International Relations Advisory Board, and the Board of Advisors at the Center for Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Studies at Georgetown University in Washington D.C.

Jim’s most recent book, Changing Jobs: the Fair Go in the New Machine Age, is co-authored with Mike Quigley and released in 2017.  His earlier book about the Global Financial Crisis, Glory Daze, was published in July 2013.