Mark Craig Bailey is a well-known Australian politician who is serving as the Minister for Transport and Main Roads of Queensland.
He has been a member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly since 2015, representing the Miller constituency.
With a rich background in teaching, politics, and policymaking, Bailey is a respected figure in the Australian political arena.
Bailey started his career as a high school teacher in history and drama and later on transitioned to a role in the Queensland state government, where he worked in the transport, gambling, liquor, and racing policy.
Bailey has a long history in politics and started his journey as a political representative in 1994 when he was elected to the Brisbane City Council.
He represented the Moorooka ward during the Soorley Administration until his resignation in 2003.
Rise to Power: At the 2015 election, Bailey won the seat of Yeerongpilly with a 14.7% swing, making it a safe Labor seat.
He was then sworn in as Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety, and Ports and Minister for Energy and Water Supply in the Palaszczuk Ministry. In December 2015, biofuels were added to his portfolio.
Re-Election and Ministerial Appointment: Ahead of the 2017 election, Yeerongpilly was abolished, and Bailey won the new marginal seat of Miller with a 2.6% swing.
After the election, he was appointed as Minister for Transport and Main Roads, taking over from Jackie Trad.
In July 2017, Bailey temporarily stepped aside from his ministerial responsibilities following an investigation by the Crime and Corruption Commission into his use of a personal email account to conduct parliamentary business and subsequent attempts to delete emails possibly relating to his role as a member of parliament.
The commission concluded that Bailey had not engaged in any corrupt conduct, and he resumed his ministerial duties in September 2017.
Increased Margin in the 2020 Election: At the 2020 election, Bailey increased his margin to 13.8%, making Miller a safe Labor seat for the first time
Mark Bailey Wife
In September 2018, Bailey and fellow MP Meaghan Scanlon confirmed that they had been in a relationship since 2016.
However, they did not get married.