Shaun was elected to the Victorian Parliament as the Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region at the November 2006 Election. He was re-elected to this position in 2010, 2014 and 2018. Shaun in 2022 hwas elected as the Member for North-Eastern Metropolitan Region.
An electrician by trade, Shaun has worked for a variety of organisations in this capacity and later with the Electrical Trades Union.
Born in Oakleigh, Shaun was only young when his father, a bricklayer who fought in New Guinea in WWII, passed away leaving his mother, a nurse, to work night shift to raise their family of eight children.
From 2014-18 Shaun served in the Andrews Labor Government as Parliamentary Secretary to the Special Minister of State and Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure.
At the beginning of the 2018 term, Shaun was elected as the President of the Legislative Council at the first sitting day of the 59th Parliament on Wednesday 19 December 2018.
In June 2020 Shaun joined the Andrews Government Ministry as Minister for Local Government, Suburban Development and Veterans.
In June 2022 Shaun became Minister for Commonwealth Games Legacy. Shaun worked with regional communities to ensure that the Games leave a lasting positive impact across the state, with a focus on social enterprise and local jobs and procurement.
As Minister for Veterans Shaun promoted programs which improve post-service employment for veterans in Victoria and to support veterans with housing opportunities and wellbeing programs.
Shaun was elected as the President of the Legislative Council at the first sitting day of the 60th Parliament on Tuesday 20th December 2022.