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, 2104 and for a fourth term in November 2018.
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 current term, Shaun was elected as the President of the Legislative Council at the first sitting of the 59th Parliament on Wednesday 19 December 2018.
In June 2020 Shaun joined the Andrews Government Ministry.
As Minister for Local Government, he is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Local Government Act 2020 and governance issues in councils.
As Minister for Suburban Development his portfolio undertakes activities to promote economic activity and creating vibrant local communities in the Melbourne metropolitan area such as the Suburban Revitalisation program.
As Minister for Veterans Shaun is particularly keen to promote programs which improve post-service employment for veterans in Victoria and to support veterans with housing opportunities and wellbeing programs.