Gerry Brownlee

Gerard Anthony Brownlee (born 4 February 1956[1]) is a New Zealand politician of the New Zealand National Party. He has been a Member of Parliament since 1996, was Leader of the House, Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery and Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Fifth National Government, and served as his party's deputy leader from November 2003 until November 2006, and again from July until November 2020.


Gerry Brownlee

Deputy Leader of the National Party
Deputy Leader of the Opposition
In office
14 July 2020  10 November 2020
LeaderJudith Collins
Preceded byNikki Kaye
Succeeded byShane Reti
In office
17 November 2003  27 November 2006
LeaderDon Brash
Preceded byNick Smith
Succeeded byBill English
27th Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
2 May 2017  26 October 2017
Prime MinisterBill English
Preceded byMurray McCully
Succeeded byWinston Peters
Leader of the House
In office
19 November 2008  2 May 2017
Prime MinisterJohn Key
Bill English
Preceded byMichael Cullen
Succeeded bySimon Bridges
Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration
In office
7 September 2010  2 May 2017
Prime MinisterJohn Key
Bill English
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byNicky Wagner
38th Minister of Defence
In office
6 October 2014  2 May 2017
Prime MinisterJohn Key
Bill English
Preceded byJonathan Coleman
Succeeded byMark Mitchell
25th Minister of Transport
In office
12 December 2011  6 October 2014
Prime MinisterJohn Key
Preceded bySteven Joyce
Succeeded bySimon Bridges
13th Minister of Energy and Resources
In office
19 November 2008  14 December 2011
Prime MinisterJohn Key
Preceded byDavid Parker
Succeeded byPhil Heatley
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for National party list
Assumed office
17 October 2020
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Ilam
In office
12 October 1996  17 October 2020
Preceded bySeat Established
Succeeded bySarah Pallett
Personal details
Born
Gerard Anthony Brownlee

(1956-02-04) 4 February 1956 (age 65)
Christchurch, New Zealand
NationalityNew Zealand
Political partyNational Party
RelationsMark Brownlee (uncle)
Scott Brownlee (cousin)
Alma materSt Bede's College
OccupationTeacher
CommitteesPrivileges Committee (Deputy Chairperson)

A Christchurch native, Brownlee worked as a teacher before being elected to Parliament at the 1996 election as the MP for Ilam. He held that electorate until the 2020 general election, when he was elected as a list MP.