Senator James Paterson is a Liberal Senator for Victoria. First elected in March 2016 at age 28, Senator Paterson is the youngest ever Liberal Senator.


During his time in the Senate, he has fought for free speech and religious liberty, defended Australia’s sovereignty, opposed radical constitutional change, and prosecuted the case for economic reform.


He is the Chair of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Corporations and Financial Services, which oversees the work of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. He also chairs the Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee, which has oversight of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Department of Finance, and their agencies.


Senator Paterson is also deputy chair of the Senate Select Committee into the COVID-19 response, a committee set up to assess the government’s health and economic response to the Coronavirus crisis.


Senator Paterson is co-chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Museums, Libraries and Galleries; co-patron of Liberal Friends of Israel; and deputy chair of the Modest Members Society – a group of Coalition MPs committed to championing free markets and economic freedom.


Prior to entering the Senate, James was Deputy Executive Director of free market think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs. He previously worked for the Victorian Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI), and in the office of Senator the Hon. Mitch Fifield.


James is a member of the Richmond Football Club and lives in Melbourne with his wife Lydia, their two children and their cavoodle.