In 2004 Kate Ellis became the youngest woman ever elected to the Australian House of Representatives when she defeated the Liberal Party's Trish Worth to become the Member for Adelaide.
When the Labor Government was elected in 2007, Kate was elevated to the Labor Government ‘s frontbench as the Minister for Youth and Sport. In June 2008 Kate was given extra ministerial responsibilities, becoming Minister for Early Childhood Education, Childcare and Youth; and Minister for Sport.
Following the re-election of the Gillard Labor Government in 2010 Kate became the Minister for Employment Participation and Child Care and the Minister for the Status of Women.
Kate is currently the Shadow Minister for Education and the Shadow Minister for Early Childhood.
She is active in the community and hosts regular street corner meetings, mobile offices and community events to ensure that she keeps in close contact and takes up the issues of the residents she represents.
Kate is an avid Adelaide Crows, Thunderbirds and Glenelg Tigers fan.