Louise was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2004 for the seat of Greenway in Western Sydney. In 2010 she was elected to represent the seat of Macquarie, which takes in the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury region. During her time in Federal Parliament Louise has held the positions of Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Citizenship and Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs. Louise holds a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of NSW. During her career as a Social worker she worked at the Department of Social Security as a Senior Social worker, Wesley Mission and as a TAFE teacher. Louise is passionate about developing and delivering programmes that provide opportunities for our young people and being a strong voice for those in her community. She is married to Jim and together they have two children, Joshua and Hannah.