Sam McMahon

Samantha Jane McMahon[1] (born 11 December 1967) is an Australian politician who has been a Senator for the Northern Territory since the 2019 federal election. She is a member of the Country Liberal Party and sits with the National Party in federal parliament. She was a veterinarian in Katherine before entering politics.

Sam McMahon
Senator for the Northern Territory
Assumed office
18 May 2019
Preceded byNigel Scullion
Personal details
Born (1967-12-11) 11 December 1967
Sydney, Australia
Political partyNational / CLP
Spouse(s)Wayne Nayda
Alma materUniversity of Queensland

Early life

McMahon grew up on a farm in Nanango, Queensland. She completed a Bachelor of Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland.[2]


McMahon accepted a position in the Northern Territory after her graduation. She has owned and operated veterinary practices in Katherine, Howard Springs, Nhulunbuy, Tennant Creek, and Alice Springs. She was a national director of the Australian Veterinary Association for five years and president of the Northern Territory division for two years.[2] She became a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2003[3]. She won the Centenary Medal for business leadership in 2001[4], was awarded the Australian Veterinary Association Meritorious Service Award in 2014[5], and was awarded the NT Telstra small business award in 2017[6].


In March 2019, McMahon won preselection to replace Nigel Scullion as the Country Liberal Party's lead Senate candidate at the 2019 federal election.[7] She was elected to a term beginning on 18 May 2019,[8] and will sit with the National Party in federal parliament, as with her predecessor Scullion.[9]


  1. "Qualification checklist" (PDF). Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  2. "Sam McMahon". Liberal Party of Australia. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  3. "list of FAICD graduates 2003". Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  4. "Centenary Medal Award 2001". Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  5. "AVA Annual Report 2014" (PDF). Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  6. "Telstra Small Business Awards 2017 Winners". Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  7. "Nigel Scullion's replacement Sam McMahon 'not taking Senate seat for granted'". ABC News. 9 March 2019. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  8. "Senate Results". ABC News. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  9. "Nationals women MPs defy 'blokey' party image". 24 May 2019. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
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