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James Merlino is an Australian politician serving as a member of Monbulk in the Victorian Legislative Assembly, as a member of the Labor Party. He has also been Deputy Premier of Victoria and Minister for Education since December 2014.
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James Anthony Merlino was born on August 19, 1972 (age 49 years) in Melbourne, Australia. Merlino is a member of Labor’s right faction. He is a Catholic.
He is the second of three children to Bruno Merlino and Mary Merlino. His father Bruno was a bricklayer and all of his work was in the growing outer-eastern suburbs. Like most tradies, he followed the work. Shortly after his birth, the Merlino family moved from Camberwell to Kilsyth where James grew up with his brother and sister.
He attended St Edmonds Primary School, Croydon and Mt Lilydale Mercy College, Lilydale. Following secondary school, James studied Arts (political science) at Melbourne University. He completed his Honours year in 1995. Throughout his final years at school and university James worked as a brickie’s labourer.
James Merlino was elected at the 2002 state election defeating Steve McArthur. Merlino comfortably retained his seat at the state election in 2006 and became the Minister for Sport and Recreation and Youth Affairs, securing a place in the cabinet.
Under new Premier John Brumby’s government, he retained that ministry and gained a new role as Minister Assisting the Premier on Multicultural Affairs. He subsequently became Police Minister following the resignation of the previous Minister.
When the ALP lost government in the 2010 state election, Merlino became Shadow Minister for Police, the TAC and Road Safety. In February 2012, he was elected unopposed as Deputy Leader of the Labor Party in Victoria, following the resignation of Rob Hulls, becoming deputy leader of the opposition.
With the election of the Andrews Labor Government in late 2014, Merlino became Deputy Premier and Education Minister. On 10 June 2016, Merlino also became Minister for Emergency Services following the resignation of Brunswick MP Jane Garrett from the Andrews Ministry.
In March 2021, James Merlino became the Acting Premier of Victoria, after Daniel Andrews fell down a flight of stairs in Mornington Peninsula, suffering several broken ribs and a broken vertebra from the fall. Merlino was Acting Premier until Andrews returned to work on June 28.
James Merlino is married to his longtime girlfriend Meagan Merlino, they had their wedding in the 2000s. Merlino and his wife Meagan have three children. The couple lives in a private house in Victoria.
James Merlino net worth
How much is James Merlino worth? James Merlino net worth is estimated at around $4 million. His main source of income is from his political career. Merlino successful career has earned him some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy cars. He is one of the richest and influential politicians in Australia.