Robert Clark was first elected to the Victorian Parliament as the Member for Balwyn in 1988. When the seat was abolished, Robert contested and won the new seat of Box Hill in 1992. He has since been re-elected four times – 1996, 1999, 2002, 2006 and 2010.
Robert graduated from University High School in 1974 going on to complete a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) at the University of Melbourne. He remained at Melbourne University to complete further studies, finishing with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts.
Working as a Solicitor before entering Parliament, he gained experience practicing in commercial, financial and labour law for a large Melbourne-based law firm.
Over two decades as the local member, Robert has built-up a relationship with many community organisations. He is an honorary member of both the Balwyn Rotary Club and the Mont Albert & Surrey Hills Rotary Club, and is a patron of the Box Hill Rugby Union Club.
Robert was the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer from 1992 to 1996 – helping the Liberal Government get Victoria’s finances back on track after Labor’s mismanagement. Between 1996 and 1999, Robert was the Parliamentary Secretary for Treasury & Multimedia.
In opposition Robert has held a number of shadow portfolios, including Planning, WorkCover, Gaming and Finance. He was Shadow Treasurer between 2001 and 2002 and again between 2002 and 2006, and Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations and Energy & Resources from 2006 to 2009. From 2009 to 2010 Robert was the Shadow Attorney-General and Shadow Minister for Finance.
Robert Clark is currently the Victorian Attorney-General and is also the Minister for Finance, Minister for Industrial Relations in the Napthine Government and Minister responsible for IBAC.
Robert is married with 2 children, and lives in Surrey Hills.