Katy Gallagher Net Worth 2022, Age, Husband Dave Skinner, Children, Family, Parents,

Katy Gallagher net worth

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Katy Gallagher is an Australian politician who has been a Senator for the Australian Capital Territory since the 2019 federal election, representing the Australian Labor Party (ALP). She previously served in the Senate from 2015 to 2018 and was Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory from 2011 to 2014.

Gallagher grew up in Canberra and was a union organizer with the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) before entering politics. She was elected to the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly in 2001, representing the electorate of Molonglo. She was made a minister under Jon Stanhope in 2002 and appointed Deputy Chief Minister in 2006.

She became Chief Minister in 2011 after Stanhope’s retirement and led her party to a fourth consecutive term at the 2012 general election. She resigned in 2014 to seek preselection to the Senate. In March 2015, Gallagher was appointed to fill the casual vacancy caused by the retirement of Senator Kate Lundy. She was appointed to Bill Shorten’s shadow ministry later in the year and elected to the Senate in her own right in the 2016 federal election.

Gallagher was subsequently elected Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate. In December 2017, during the parliamentary eligibility crisis, Gallagher was referred to the High Court. The court ruled in May 2018 that she was disqualified from sitting in the Senate for failing to renounce her British citizenship before her nomination for election in 2016. She returned to her previous Senate seat in the 2019 federal election.

Early life

NameKaty Gallagher
Net Worth$4 million
Age52 years
Katy Gallagher net worth 2022 – Biography

Katherine Ruth Gallagher was born on March 18, 1970 (age 52 years) in Weston Creek, Australia. She was raised along with her parents in the Weston Creek district of Canberra. She was educated in Duffy, and at Melrose High School and Canberra College (previously known as Stirling College), before completing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology at the Australian National University in 1990.

Gallagher was initially employed as a social worker, assisting with a community life skills project and working with children with disabilities. From 1994 to 1997, she worked as an advocate for People First ACT, a support and advocacy organization for the intellectually disabled. Around this time, Gallagher became involved in the labour movement, and took on a position with the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU), first working as a case manager and then a national organizer.


The support provided to Katy Gallagher by the Labor Party and union movement inspired her to run for pre-selection as one of the Labor candidates for the electorate of Molonglo for the 2001 ACT general election. At the time, Labor had two incumbent members in the Assembly representing Molonglo. Long-serving independent Michael Moore retired at the election. The election saw Labor come to power, led by Jon Stanhope. Despite Gallagher winning just 4.38% of the first preference vote, following the distribution of preferences, Gallagher was elected as the fifth member of the seven-member seat, behind Humphries, Tucker, Corbell, and Quinlan.

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Katy Gallagher was appointed to the second arrangement of the first Stanhope ministry on 23 December 2002, when she was given the portfolios of education, youth and family services; women; and industrial relations. A minor change on 26 May 2004 saw Gallagher’s ministry for education, youth and family services divided into separate responsibilities. At the 2004 ACT general election, Gallagher polled strongly, generating 11.59% of the first preference vote and was the first candidate elected to represent Molonglo in the Assembly, ahead of both Labor colleagues, Quinlan and Corbell.

Deputy Chief Minister

Katy Gallagher’s ministerial responsibilities were unchanged in the first arrangement of the second Stanhope ministry and, on 20 April 2006, following the retirement of Ted Quinlan, she was promoted to Deputy Chief Minister with ministerial responsibilities including health, disability and community services, and women. The ministry for children and young people was restored to Gallagher’s responsibilities on 17 April 2007.

Gallagher again polled strongly, generating 15.78% of the first-preference vote and was the second candidate elected to represent Molonglo in the Assembly, behind Liberal leader, Seselja at the 2008 ACT general election. In the third Stanhope ministry, Gallagher took on ministerial responsibility for treasury, in addition to retaining both health and women; whilst a subsequent reshuffle on 9 November 2009 saw her resume ministerial responsibility for industrial relations and lose the portfolio of women.

Health portfolio

Amid allegations of bullying, it was reported in early 2010 that nine obstetricians had resigned from Canberra Hospital in the preceding 13 months. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists called on Gallagher to conduct an external, transparent review of the hospital; and, although initially denying the claims.

Katy Gallagher agreed to two external reviews, one to look at workplace issues and the other to investigate patient outcomes. The patient outcome review, when handed down in August 2010, sharply criticized hospital management with regards to workload but stated that patient care was adequate.

A number of months earlier, Gallagher faced pressure from the Catholic Church, following an agreement that the ACT Government would purchase Calvary Hospital (in Bruce) from the Little Company of Mary Health Care (LCMHC) – an independent arm of the Church – for $77m. Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell claimed that the Government’s motives were ideological and driven by anti-Christian elements.

Katy Gallagher denied the claims. A dispute subsequently arose between LCMHC and the Government over an accounting concession and the government withdrew from the purchase. The culmination of these matters led the Liberal leader, Zed Seselja, on 17 August 2010, to move a no-confidence vote in the Assembly against Gallagher as Minister for Health as follows:

That this Assembly no longer has confidence in the Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, for her continued neglect of the Health portfolio, most particularly… management failure, staff bullying, over working, and poor processes; … complete failure in the Calvary Hospital purchase; … and many instances of attacking those who made complaints, ignoring those who gave advice, and dealing with the problems through denial and neglect; … and the ongoing poor performance of the ACT health system …

The motion was defeated (five in favour, nine against), with the ACT Greens supporting the government.

Chief Minister

On 12 May 2011, while Katy Gallagher was deputy chief minister, the current chief minister at the time, Jon Stanhope, resigned. On 16 May 2011, Gallagher was elected by the Assembly as the ACT’s 6th Chief Minister and 3rd female Chief Minister.

The ALP won an additional seat in the 2012 Australian Capital Territory general election and remained in government after securing the support of the sole remaining Green MLA. During her term as Chief Minister, Gallagher welcomed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the ACT on their Australian tour in April 2014.

On 5 December 2014 Gallagher announced that she would resign as chief minister to pursue the upcoming Senate vacancy left by the resignation of Kate Lundy. She resigned as Chief Minister and her deputy Andrew Barr was elected as her replacement on 11 December 2014.

Federal politics

Katy Gallagher was sworn in as a Senator on 26 March 2015. On 25 September 2015 Gallagher was nominated to join the Shadow Ministry in the Labor Party Caucus. She was elected by the caucus alongside Jim Chalmers unopposed.

On 13 October 2015, Gallagher was appointed to the Shadow Cabinet in the roles of Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness, and Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader on State and Territory Relations. She held those positions until 23 July 2016 when she was promoted to Shadow Minister for Small Business and Financial Services.

On 12 September 2016, Gallagher was also appointed as Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate. Gallagher is a supporter of same-sex marriage having overseen its introduction in the ACT when she was the territory’s Chief Minister, only for it to be later overturned by the High Court.

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On 6 December 2017, at her own request, the Senate referred Gallagher to the High Court of Australia to determine her eligibility for election in the 2016 federal election as a part of the 2017–18 Australian parliamentary eligibility crisis. However, on 9 May 2018, in a unanimous decision, the full bench of the High Court of Australia found that Gallagher was not eligible for election in the 2016 federal election given that she had still been a British citizen when nominated as a candidate on 31 May 2016 for the election which was held on 2 July 2016.

Katy Gallagher completed her Form RN declaration of renunciation of British citizenship on 20 April and the ACT Labor Party lodged it with the UK Home Office on 26 April, the court finds “Senator Gallagher retained that status until 16 August 2016, when her declaration of renunciation of that citizenship was registered by the Home Office of the United Kingdom.” In June 2018, Gallagher announced that she would seek nomination for an ACT seat in the Senate at the next federal election. She successfully sought re-election in the 2019 federal election. Gallagher is a member of the Labor Left.


Katy Gallagher accused the Australian senator Mitch Fifield of “mansplaining” during a debate in a Senate committee hearing regarding social services legislation, which subsequently went viral. Fifield responded, claiming it was hypocritical and sexist to reduce an opponent’s statement based on gender. The resulting argument lasted several minutes with both parties accusing each other of inappropriate language and unfit for public office. Ultimately, Fifield posited the use of the phrase “womansplaining” in the same context, to which Gallagher replied that mansplaining was “a term that’s used”.

Brett Seaman death

Katy Gallagher’s fiancé, Brett Seaman (also a CPSU organizer), was killed in a cycling accident in Merimbula in 1997. At the time, Gallagher was 13 weeks pregnant with her first daughter. An 86-year-old female pensioner narrowly escaped a jail term for dangerous and irresponsible driving for the crash. The union movement assisted Gallagher with the funeral and court case that followed the accident. Gallagher is a classically trained cellist, and despite time constraints, still plays.


Gallagher was previously engaged to her then husband to be, Brett Seaman, who died in a road accident in 1997. As of 2022, Gallagher and her partner Dave Skinner have three children: Abigail, Charlie and Evie. Gallagher is a vegetarian. She stands at an appealing height and has a good bodyweight that suits her personality.


Katy Gallagher’s salary for 2022 ranges from $162,574 to $475,483, but with bonuses, benefits and various other compensation, she made significantly more than her salary in the year 2020. After the 2022 elections, Gallagher became a prominent appointee in the newly elected Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s government.

Katy Gallagher net worth

How much is Katy Gallagher worth? Katy Gallagher net worth is estimated at around $4 million. Her main source of income is from her career as a politician. Gallagher successful career has earned her some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy car trips. She is one of the influential politicians in Australia.