Chris Bishop was elected to the New Zealand Parliament as a National Party List MP at the 2014 election.
Chris was born and raised in Lower Hutt, attending Eastern Hutt School and Hutt Intermediate. He holds a first class Honours degree in Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Victoria University of Wellington, and has been admitted to the bar as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.
He worked as a researcher for the National Party in opposition before spending two and a half years working as a Ministerial Advisor to the then Minister of Energy and Resources and Leader of the House, Hon Gerry Brownlee. Between 2011 and 2013 he lived and worked in Auckland as Corporate Affairs Manager for Philip Morris New Zealand, before returning to Parliament to work as a Senior Advisor to Hon Steven Joyce.
He has a strong record of contributing to the community, and was the 2006 Young Wellingtonian of the Year. For many years he has coached, organised and judged schools debating competitions in Wellington and around New Zealand. He was President of the New Zealand’ Schools Debating Council for four years, and continues to be involved in debating around New Zealand.
He is a skilled debater and public speaker, having won ten intervarsity debating tournaments, including at the Cambridge Union and Sydney Union, and a range of awards for legal argument and oratory.
In the 2014 Parliament he serves as Deputy Chair of the Finance and Expenditure Committee, a member of the Justice and Electoral Committee, and a member of the Regulations Review Committee.
He lives in Petone.