Wendy Lovell was elected to the Legislative Council as a Member for North East Province in 2002. Following the reform of the upper house and the creation of new seats, she contested and won the seat of Northern Victoria Region in November 2006 and was re-elected in 2010 and 2014.
Following her graduation from Wanganui Park High School, Wendy studied a Business Studies course at Shepparton TAFE in preparation for a career in small business. Wendy is a graduate of Fairley Leadership Program.
Wendy was a successful small business woman in one of Victoria’s largest newsagencies before she was elected. She was Owner and Manager of Lovell's Shepparton Newsagency and her time in charge of the newsagency instilled in her a sense of passion for the development and support of small business.
A sense of community is important to Wendy. Well known for her commitment to local service clubs and fundraising committees it is this sense of community, particularly for rural and regional areas within her electorate, that makes her determined to continue to fight for a fair go for country Victoria.
Some of the community organisations she is involved with include the Rotary Club of Shepparton South, the Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Blue Ribbon Foundation.
Wendy was made opposition spokesperson for Women’s Affairs in 2002 and added spokesperson responsibilities for Aboriginal Affairs and Consumer Affairs before being promoted to the Shadow Ministry. She was made the Shadow Minister for Tourism, Consumer Affairs and Women’s Affairs in 2006. In opposition Wendy was also the Shadow Minister for Country Victoria, Housing and Children & Early Childhood Development. In 2008, Wendy was elected the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party in the Legislative Council.
In Government, Wendy served as the Minister for Housing, Minister for Children & Early Childhood Development and Deputy leader of the Government (Legislative Council).
Wendy is currently Opposition Whip (Legislative Council).