Adrian was elected to the South Australian House of Assembly in 2006 as the Member for Hammond and has since maintained his seat being re-elected to a fifth term in the 2022 election.
Since becoming the Member for Hammond, Adrian has had responsibilities of Shadow portfolios of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, Forests, River Murray, Sustainability & Climate Change, Mineral Resources Development as well as stints as Opposition and Government Whip. Being raised in a generational farming family, Adrian was well placed to understand and respond to issues that really concern primary producers in South Australia. The result of the 2022 election has seen him returned to the Shadow Ministry taking on the portfolios of Veterans Affairs, Emergency Services and Regional Roads.
Prior to entering politics Adrian held several jobs in the agriculture industry, which has included owning and operating a dryland and grazing enterprise, plus a commercial Poll Herefords operation for 14 years. Adrian also worked as a local shearer in the South East for over a decade.
Adrian was raised on the family property at Coomandook in the State’s Murray Mallee region, where he still resides with his family.
Personal interests of Adrian’s include Australian Rules football in which he is a regular attendee and volunteer at the Peake Football Club. Adrian’s hobbies include lawn bowls and loves camping with his family. Adrian continues to be actively involved in his local community including as a CFS member amongst other interests.
Adrian has recently become the Red Shield Digital Ambassador for the Murray Bridge Salvation Army. In these unprecedented times, the Salvation Army's services are in high demand as people face the financial and social fallout of this major global event. Right now, they are working with our local community, as they have always done, to ensure that we leave no one in need. This includes the people they have always been helping who are living in extreme hardship and people who have never needed them before who are feeling the devastating impacts of this pandemic. It is our mission to live, love and fight for anyone in need and that need is now greater than ever. The potential for raising money via this platform is huge and Adrian would be so excited if you could make a donation by visiting https://digitaldoorknock.salvationarmy.org.au/t/murray-bridge-salvos