Ginny Andersen appointed Digital Economy and Communications minister

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Ginny Andersen appointed Digital Economy and Communications minister
Ginny Andersen, Labour

Ginny Andersen, member of parliament for Hutt South, is the new minister for the Digital Economy and Communications, in the cabinet reshuffle announced by prime minister Chris Hipkins today.

Andersen replaces Dr David Clark, the Dunedin North MP who was the first Digital Economy and Communications minister and who will retire after the 2023 general election.

Having joined the Labour Party in 2004, Andersen grew up on Great Barrier Island.

She served as the Labour Party vice-president from 2015 to 2017; Andersen was elected to the 52nd parliament in 2017 as a list MP and now represents Hutt South having won the seat from National's Bishop with a margin of 3777 votes.

Andersen was the deputy chair of the Governance and Administration select committee, and has on the Justice and Māori affairs ones.

Currently, she chairs the Justice select committee.

She will also be the minister for small business, minister for seniors, associate minister of immigration and associate minister for Treaty of Waitangi negotiations, PM Hipkins said.

Andersen has an MA in political science from Canterbury University and lives in the Hutt Valley.

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