Richard Colbeck is a Liberal Senator for Tasmania.
Prior to entering politics in 2002, Senator Colbeck worked in the construction industry for more than two decades, starting as an apprentice and going on to operate his own businesses.
He served as an Alderman on the Devonport City Council, a Director of the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and President of the Devonport Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Richard has served as Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services, Minister for Sport, Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Minister for Youth and Sport, Minister for Tourism and International Education, Minister Assisting the Minister for Trade and Investment, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Administration, and twice as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture (Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry on one occasion).
He also held Shadow Parliamentary Secretary roles in the Health, Industry and Innovation, and Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Portfolios.
Senator Colbeck is a proud Tasmanian and lives in Devonport with his wife Gaylene. They have three children.