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, Hutt Intermediate and Hutt International Boys’ School. 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 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.
He has a strong record of contributing to the community, and was the 2006 Young Wellingtonian of the Year. He was President of the New Zealand’ Schools Debating Council for four years, and continues to be involved in debating around New Zealand.
In the 2014 Parliament he serves as Chair of the Finance and Expenditure Committee, a member of the Justice and Electoral Committee, and a member of the Regulations Review Committee. In late 2016 the Compensation Live Organ Donors’ Bill, a member’s bill in his name, was passed unanimously by the Parliament. The Bill significantly increases the financial assistance provided by the government to those who altruistically donate organs to others.
He lives in Petone with his partner Jenna, and their mischievous cat Buzz.