Joe McGirr

Joseph Gregory McGirr (born 19 June 1960) is an independent politician, and a physician and former associate dean of the University of Notre Dame Australia.[1] He is the elected member for Wagga Wagga in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly since the 2018 by-election. ABC News declared him the winner on 9 September, the day after the election, with the New South Wales Electoral Commission confirming it on 14 September.[2][3][4] He came second to the Liberal candidate by only 28 votes after the Liberals' primary vote almost halved from 2015, and was elected on Labor preferences. He previously contested the seat in 2011 and received 30.6% of the first preference vote.

Joe McGirr

Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Wagga Wagga
Assumed office
8 September 2018
Preceded byDaryl Maguire
Personal details
Born (1960-06-19) 19 June 1960
North Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Political partyIndependent
Spouse(s)Kerin Fielding
RelativesGreg McGirr (grandfather)
James McGirr (great-uncle)
Trixie Gardner (aunt)
ProfessionMedical doctor

McGirr's grandfather was Greg McGirr, a Labor member of the Legislative Assembly from 1913 to 1925, and Deputy Premier from 1921 to 1922, who was briefly Labor Leader in 1923. His great-uncle, James McGirr, was the Premier of New South Wales from 1947 to 1952.[5]

He was re-elected in the 2019 New South Wales state election.[6][7]


  1. "Associate Professor Joe McGirr". Notre Dame. University of Notre Dame Australia. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  2. "'He's a certain winner': Antony Green calls Wagga Wagga by-election for independent Dr Joe McGirr". ABC News. 9 September 2018. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  3. "McGirr officially declared Wagga winner". SBS News. 14 September 2018.
  4. Visentin, Lisa (8 September 2018). "Independent Joe McGirr on track for historic Wagga win". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  5. McGirr, Joe. "Inaugural Speech" (PDF). Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  6. "Wagga Wagga – NSW 2019". The Tally Room. 3 October 2018. Retrieved 28 October 2019.
  7. "Dr (Joe) Joseph Gregory McGirr MP". Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 28 October 2019.
New South Wales Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Daryl Maguire
Member for Wagga Wagga

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