John Brumby was appointed Premier of Victoria on 30th July 2007. Prior to that, he was the Senior Economic Minister in the Bracks Government holding the offices of Treasurer, Minister for Regional and Rural Development and Minister for Innovation. John was elected to the Victorian Parliament in 1993. He was leader of the Opposition for almost six years, overseeing the rebuilding of the ALP and the development of new policies to revive and reinvigorate country Victoria. Between 1983 and 1990 he was the Federal Member for Bendigo during the Hawke government and served as Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on employment, education and training. John completed a Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University in 1974 and a Diploma of Education from SCV Rusden in 1975.