John Alexander, known as “JA” across the nation, was elected to Parliament in 2010 as a firm believer in opportunity and individual effort. Combined with a strong control these values laid the foundations for his success as a touring professional tennis player.
John Alexander,JA rose to #8 in the international singles rankings, and #2 in doubles, winning 7singles and 27 doubles titles. He represented Australia from 1968-83, including leading thevictory in the 1977 Davis Cup Final in Sydney. In 1978 JA played the first ever professional tennismatch in China, against Bjorn Borg in Guandong.
After retiring as a player JA worked as a television sports commentator forChannel Seven and BBC, held the positions of Chair of Player Development for Tennis Australiaand Coach of the Federation Cup Team which included 2011 US Open Winner Samantha Stosur.In 1992, he received an Order of Australia Medal for his services to tennis.
A passion for public health led JA to manage a variety of sport-related small businesses and thedevelopment of multi-activity sports centres as the Managing Director of Next Generation ClubsAustralia. This role included the construction of the Ryde Aquatic Centre for the Sydney2000 Olympic Games. The Centre provides health and recreation services to over one millionvisitors every year.
Since his election to Parliament as Liberal Member for Bennelong in 2010, JA has balanced hislocal duties with a role leading the Liberal Party Sustainable
Cities Policy Task force and Chair of the Vision 2020 Policy Group. He also established the bi-partisan Parliamentary Friends of Medicines Group and Parliamentary Friends of Rail Group which invite industry leaders to present emerging issues, research and opportunities to parliamentarians.
Since his election to Government in 2013,
JA has been appointed to the following positions:
Chair, Parliamentary Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities
Former Chair, Parliamentary Committee on Economics
Former Chair, Parliamentary Committee on Tax & Revenue
Chair, Coalition Policy Committee on Infrastructure & Regional Development
Chair, Coalition Policy Committee on Tourism
Chair, Australia – East Asia Parliamentary Network
Chair, Australia – Republic of Korea Parliamentary Group
Chair, Sydney Airport Community Forum