April 2, 2015
Current and former colleagues of Deputy Prime Minister and Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss and Deputy Speaker and Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott gathered recently in Canberra to mark a significant milestone for the two Federal MPs.
The two LNP Ministers have been in the Federal Parliament for 25 years.
Amongst those congratulating the pair were former National Party leader Tim Fischer, Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd.
Mr Truss became Leader of the Nationals in 2007 and is the longest-serving federal leader of any political party in Australia.
He first won the federal seat of Wide Bay in 1990.
He was a Minister in the Howard Government for 10 years, serving as Minister for Customs and Consumer Affairs in October 1997, and a year later, Minister for Community Services. In July 1999 Mr Truss became the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, where he served for six years. He became Minister for Transport and Regional Services in July 2005 and, in September 2006, was appointed Minister for Trade.
He is currently Deputy PM and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development.
Mr Scott was elected to the House of Representatives as the Federal Member for Maranoa in 1990.
He served as Acting Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives between 2002 and 2007, and Second Deputy Speaker from 2008. In 2012, Bruce was elected Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives.
He is currently a member of the Joint Standing Committee of Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, and is Chairman of its Trade Sub-Committee. He also sits on the Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories; and on the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security.