- Nurse and Parliamentarian
A member of the Australian Labor Party, (ALP) Joy Burch was elected to the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory representing the electorate of Brindabella in October 2008. Before her appointment to Cabinet in November 2009, she was Government Whip and and ALP Caucus secretary. She was re-elected at the election which was held on 20 October 2012. She currently holds the portfolios of Education and Training; Disability, Children and Young People; the Arts; Multicultural Affairs and Racing and Gaming.