Following an early role providing advice to South Australian companies at Business SA, Jamie began a career advising senior state and federal political figures including then Prime Minister, the Hon. John Howard OM AC.
In 2008, Jamie won a by-election held to replace the retiring Alexander Downer in the federal seat of Mayo.
In Opposition, Jamie was promoted to the shadow front bench and following the 2013 election, Jamie was appointed as the Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development in the Abbott Ministry.
In this role, Jamie was integral in the development of the Coalition Government’s $50 billion infrastructure program, the largest in the nation’s history, including the delivery of major projects including the North-South Corridor in SA, WestConnex and NorthConnex in Sydney, the Perth Freight Link and the Gateway Upgrade North in Brisbane.
In 2015, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull appointed Jamie as the first federal Minister for Cities and the Built Environment to develop a new Australian Government agenda for our cities, a position that the Prime Minister has described as a key priority for his government.
In this role, Jamie worked with state and territory governments, local governments and urban communities to deliver livable, efficient, productive cities and promote housing accessibility.
At a community level, Jamie is a member of the South Australian Cricket Association, the Carlton Football Club, an Honorary Member of the Strathalbyn Racing Club, Mount Barker Golf Club, Sturt Football Club, Macclesfield RSL, Hahndorf and District Lions Club, Mount Barker and Districts Residents Association, Yankalilla Cricket Club, McLaren Vale War Memorial Hospital, Hills Disability Housing, Victor Harbor Farmers Market, Mount Pleasant Farmers Market and the Mount Lofty Districts Historical Society.
He is also pleased to be the patron of the Adelaide Hills Football League, Callington Agricultural and Horticulture Society, Parndana Show Committee, Mount Barker Agricultural Society and the Mount Pleasant Show Society.
After spending his youth in Mildura, Jamie now lives in Aldgate with his wife, Estée, and their three children Elka, Henry and Scarlett. Recreationally, he enjoys playing and watching sports, running and reading.
Jamie studied a Bachelor of Management at the University of South Australia. He has since undertaken post graduate studies in international relations.