Pat Conaghan

Patrick John Conaghan (born 31 January 1971) is an Australian politician. He has been a member of the House of Representatives for Cowper in New South Wales, representing the Nationals since 2019.[1][2][3]

Pat Conaghan

Member of the Australian Parliament
for Cowper
Assumed office
18 May 2019
Preceded byLuke Hartsuyker
Personal details
Patrick John Conaghan

(1971-01-31) 31 January 1971
Kempsey, New South Wales, Australia
Political partyThe Nationals
ResidencePort Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia
OccupationLawyer, police officer

Early career

Conaghan was born in Kempsey, New South Wales.[4]

Prior to entering federal politics, he worked as a police officer in Kempsey before being transferred to Sydney as a detective and later on as a police prosecutor. He was also a councilor for the North Sydney Council from 2003 to 2007. After departing law enforcement, Conaghan became a lawyer and established his own practice specialising in criminal defence, Conaghan Lawyers before being elected.[5]


Conaghan was elected to the House of Representatives for the electoral division of Cowper at the 2019 Australian federal election, succeeding retiring incumbent Luke Hartsuyker.[6]


Conaghan lives in Port Macquarie, New South Wales with his wife, Ilona, and their two children.


  1. "Subscribe to The Australian | Newspaper home delivery, website, iPad, iPhone & Android apps". Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  2. Knight, Christian (18 May 2019). "The boy from Kempsey looks to have it". Guardian News. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  3. "Oakeshott's Canberra dream over as voters back Nats". Sunshine Coast Daily. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  4. "About". Pat Conaghan. 2018. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  5. "About Pat". National Party of Australia. 2017. Archived from the original on 28 March 2019. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  6. "Federal Election 2019: Patrick Conaghan claims the seat of Cowper for The Nationals". Macquarie Port News. 2019. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Luke Hartsuyker
Member for Cowper
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