Jeremy is a north-west Tasmanian who grew up on the family farm at Sassafras.
After matriculating in 1987 Jeremy then went to work on a cattle and sheep property near Hagley.
Following a two-year period at Lincoln University in New Zealand, Jeremy received a Diploma in Farm Management and returned to Tasmania to manage his family’s property at Sassafras, which specialises in mixed cropping and prime lamb production.
Apart from his passion for farming and rural life, Jeremy has a strong empathy with public and community services and has worked with a number of organisations including Lifeline NW, Natural Resource Management & Landcare Groups, Youth and Family Focus, the TFGA and MST Workplace Solutions, as well as holding many other positions.
Jeremy has a close association with the Latrobe Football Club of which he was President from 2006-2009. In 2006 Jeremy was awarded Life Membership of Lifeline North West.
Jeremy campaigned successfully in July 2002 to become an MP for Braddon in the House of Assembly and held the portfolios of Shadow Minister for Primary Industries, Water & Environment and Shadow Minister for the Arts.
In December 2006, Jeremy held the portfolio responsibilities of Economic Development, Resources, Sport, and Recreation & Community Development and between August 2008 and March 2010 was Shadow Minister for Tourism, Infrastructure, Resources and Racing.
Jeremy has held the position of Deputy Leader of the Opposition since March 2006 and is currently Deputy Premier, Minister for Education and Training and Minister for Primary Industries and Water.
Jeremy campaigned in 2002 on introducing a new style of politics and advocating a more constructive approach to parliament in order to achieve positive results. Since his first term of parliament he has held true to those values by always putting people above politics and was successfully re-elected in March 2006 and again in 2010.
Since becoming a Member for the House of Assembly, Jeremy has been instrumental in helping set up the Tasmanian Devil Research Trust Appeal, progressing the rights of asbestos victims, championing the need for water development and greater quarantine barrier controls, fighting for stronger food labelling laws and effectively representing many people across the Braddon electorate.
Jeremy is known for his strong representation of the North West & West Coast and believes that given the fact that much of the wealth for Tasmania is created by the diverse industry base of the North West & West Coast then in turn the region deserves nothing less than its fair share of government support and services.
Jeremy is married to Sandra and they have three beautiful young daughters Ruby, Lucy and Holly. In his spare time Jeremy enjoys a range of sports including tennis, snow-boarding and horse racing.