Hon Bruce Atkinson
President of the Legislative Council
Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region
The Honourable Bruce Atkinson is the President of the Legislative Council and a Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region. Bruce was first elected to the Victorian Parliament in 1992 as the Member for the former Koonung Province and was elected as a member of Eastern Metropolitan Region in 2006. Trained in journalism he began his career as a cadet for the Newsads Group. Involved in youth and community work he undertook public relations and promotions work with his own small business. Bruce then became involved in retail management and has held a number of key positions in centre management, publishing and marketing consultancy. Bruce was a Councillor of the City of Nunawading prior to his election to State Parliament, serving two terms as Mayor of the city that subsequently merged with Box Hill to become the Whitehorse City Council. In Parliament, Bruce was the Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and Local Government from 1996 to 1998 and was Shadow Minister for Small & Medium Enterprise, WorkCover and Sport & Recreation. He is currently the President of the Legislative Council and the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Business Development.