Wendy Lovell was elected to the Legislative Council as a Member for North East Province in 2002. Following the reform of the upper house and the creation of new seats, she contested and won the seat of Northern Victoria Region in November 2006 and was re-elected in 2010, 2014 and 2018.
Following her graduation from Wanganui Park High School, Wendy studied Business Studies at Shepparton TAFE in preparation for a career in small business. Wendy is a graduate of Fairley Leadership Program.
Prior to her election, Wendy was a successful small business woman in one of Victoria’s largest newsagencies, Lovell’s Shepparton Newsagency, and her time in charge of the newsagency instilled in her a sense of passion for the development and support of small business.
A sense of community is important to Wendy who is well known for her commitment to local service clubs and fundraising committees. It is this sense of community that makes her determined to continue to fight for a fair go for country Victoria.
Some of the community organisations Wendy is involved with include Rotary, the Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Blue Ribbon Foundation.
Throughout her Parliamentary career, Wendy has held several cabinet positions, both in Government and Opposition.
When in government, from 2010 to 2014, Wendy was Minister for Housing, Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development, Manager of Government Business and Deputy Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council.
Immediately upon her election in 2002, Wendy was given portfolio responsibility as the Shadow Minister for Women’s Affairs. In 2004 she was given Aboriginal Affairs and Consumer Affairs portfolios, and she was made the Shadow Minister for Tourism, Consumer Affairs and Women’s Affairs in 2006. In opposition Wendy was also the Shadow Minister for Country Victoria, Housing and Children & Early Childhood Development. From 2008 until December 2014, Wendy held the position of Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party in the Legislative Council and from 2014 to 2018 served as Opposition Whip (Legislative Council).
In December 2018, Wendy was elected Deputy President of the Legislative Council for the 59th Victorian Parliament.